On letting go of trying to predict the outcome

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There are so many stories we hold true (at least, I don’t think I’m talking to myself here) that hold us back from our inherent good.

You know the stories I’m talking about, right? A lot of them are rooted in predictions.

Nah, I don’t want to create that workshop. I doubt if anyone will sign up…

Nah, I don’t want to write about that idea because then someone else will steal it and make a bunch of money from it…

Nah, I don’t want to get a job at Starbucks to float me while I focus on my screenplay (I mean, what will my father think of me?)…

Nah, I don’t want to take out that jargon from my website — all of my clients will leave and I’ll die broke and alone.

Any of these sound familiar?

Here’s the three-step process where elated hope is followed up by immediate disappointment, thusly resulting in mediocrity…

Step One

We get a clear signal that something awesome wants to be created through us. It feels incredible. Wow. We’re flying high on the possibility of this new idea.

Step Two

Our head takes this holy moment and effectively shits all over it using past data (usually from the biggest, scariest failure it can find) to predict the outcome.

Step Three

Rationalization kicks in to make us seem ‘reasonable’ for accepting the murder of our dream.

Well, here are a couple mighty questions that have been helping me kick these stories to the curb where they belong.

I’ll start with the biggest one…

Can I let go of the idea that I can predict the outcome of my life?

Can I rest in the truth that there might be more in store for me than any prediction can show me?

Does past performance always indicate future results?

We need to stop playing so much defense.

Less predicting.
More trusting.