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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Best Feeling in the World Is…

Winning after betting on yourself.

One of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world is placing that bet… or even more so, placing that bet after having gambled on yourself and lost. 

In absolutes, it’s difficult to say that taking a risk on yourself is the most uncomfortable feeling (being forced to watch a Honey Boo Boo marathon, anyone?). 

It is a little easier to say that winning after betting on yourself is the best feeling in the world because it encompasses so many moments in life.
  • Asking someone out on a date
  • Quitting your job to start a new business
  • Asking for what you want
  • Becoming an astronaut
  • Reaching out for help
  • Saying “I love you”
  • Saying to any amount of people “I made this for you”
It’s really difficult to place that bet on ourselves—in fact it’s a habit ingrained in most of us to not place bets on ourselves. “You’re not good enough,” “You’re not smart enough,” “You don’t look enough like the people on TV,” is just some of the bile thrown in our faces from a young age. 

As is, you, I, we are simply enough to make and win that bet.

Even when you think you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve learned to tune those negative “not enough” voices out, every once-and-a-while they can make an unwanted appearance. It’s truly an ongoing and an never-ending process to find ways to keep the negative “not enough” voices at bay.

Calculate the odds. Insulate from huge losses. And know that sometimes it’s okay to take an enormous gamble. You could lose a lot… but you could also win big. 

The good news on this kind of betting is that there’s no risk of addiction, ruin, and permanent defeat. The rules, unlike poker or roulette, don’t exist to prevent you from winning. The rules already in place are an opportunity for you to create the game that you want to play.