The Power of What If

By David BreslowJanuary 24, 2007, 5:00 pm
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These may be the two most powerful words you can use in your business, your sport and your life. This short but powerful question can help you:


1. Create new possibilities
2. Take new steps and break unproductive patterns


Like all the Human Performance Laws and insights I teach in the FlowZone program the what if? question is neutral. This means that in and of itself it is not good or bad or right or wrong. Just like the Performance Laws, it produces results all the time and those results can be EITHER positive or negative depending on how you use it! When used negatively the what if? question sounds like this (some may seem very familiar to you)...


What if I cant do this?
What if I mess this up?
What if this doesnt work?
What if I look bad?
What if I bogey this hole?....what if?...what if?...what if?


...and produces results like this:


1. Tension
2. Doubt
3. Fear
4. Errors
5. Lack of Confidence
6. Hesitancy and lack of power and rhythm


Patti is a 12 handicap and is constantly demeaning and judging herself on (and off) the golf course. She approaches her shots with a fear she might mess up and doesnt enjoy her rounds as much as shed like. She uses the power of what if? to create poor results and under performs on the golf course. I asked Patti to use the power of what if? in a more constructive manner than she had been. I asked her to ask herself: What if I hit this shot the way I want to? and What if I really enjoyed myself regardless of the outcome of this shot? These were options she did not have before because she was so focused on the negative what ifs? that she couldnt see other possibilities. By asking her new set of questions she discovered an entirely new viewpoint and created a more fun and relaxed experience for herself. The result; lower scores and more fulfilling rounds of golf.


What if you changed the way you used the question?


What if you decided to use it to create more of what you wanted instead of more of what you didnt want? Hmmmm. What if?


Try this experiment. Next time you feel any doubt, fear, pressure or tension stop and ask yourself one of the following:


What if I was clear right now? What would I do?


What if I was confident right now? How would I act?


What if I hit this golf shot just the way I really want to?


What if I took a smooth rhythmical swing right now?


What if I was totally confident right now? What would I look like?


What if I didnt give in to my habitual tapes playing in my head right now?


What would I be thinking then?


What if I _______________ (fill in the blank) right now?


What if?two simple words that can help you focus on the possibilities rather than old negative habits.


What if you did things differently today?


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