What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
I first read this question in the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I got interested in her message after hearing her Ted Talk during a women-focused training back in 2014. That question stuck with me.
Ted Talk Link: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18uDutylDa4)
Ever since, this question has helped me frame many decisions. It has been kind of a guiding light to know if I am not pursuing something consciously or if I am avoiding it because of fear. The words fear and afraid are broad. I understand that. Being afraid could mean: afraid of the effort, afraid of the consequences, it has different meanings to each individual, but from the most general perspective, I would dare to say fear is fear.
This question helped me pursue running, 4 years ago; this Sunday I am running my first marathon. I am not a “fast” runner, I am not the most resilient runner but 4 years in, I am not afraid anymore of trying new distances or committing to a long term running goal.
This question, was also key when in 2015 I wrote in a napkin the first draft of my writing savings plan. The title of the napkin was: Writing Year/One year without income.
The answers could sometimes take several iterations or even several years; the execution of the answers could take even longer, but facing the question is the first step.
I love asking myself: what would you do if you weren’t afraid? It really does help me, maybe it helps you too.
So, today what would YOU do if YOU weren’t afraid?
I searched for the napkin, it is hidden somewhere in one of my 87 notebooks. While I look for it, CS Lewis magical quote seem appropriate.
2 thoughts on “I *Heart* this question…”
Great question! It is particularly useful for me at this moment!
I would recommend then that you read The Inmortalist. I got two huge things out of that book: 1.- A new favorite quote: “Thoughts have wings” and 2.- a question within those lines “What would you do if you knew how much time you have left?”. It is very interesting how the characters acted and you keep asking yourself through the reading what would you have done.