Lana Vaughan

The Queen of Questions

What would you do?

You know this question. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? It’s usually followed by the question, “why aren’t you doing it?” Or the well-meaning, “Then go do it”. But sometimes it’s just not that easy. There are a great number of things I could do without failing. But that doesn’t mean I’d be doing them right and it doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for me to be doing.

I have an incredibly wise friend who often reminded me that “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. I think she was paraphrasing Paul but either way it’s good to consider.

Right now I have a long list of things I want to do. Most will not get done. Not because they aren’t good but because they aren’t the best use of my time or resources. Maybe they will just not excite me to act on them. Maybe they will. Everyday we make hundreds if not thousands of little decisions that add up quickly.

For the past month I have been working on a book project that in the beginning excited me. Now I just want to get it finished and to the printer. The only way for me to fail is to stop working. Failing isn’t an option. It’s not a pass/fail kind of thing. But finishing and finishing well….that’s a whole different matter. That’s a choice. A choice to see it through. No risk. No possibility of rejection. I’m self publishing this work. It’s a very limited subject matter and a very limited printing. But it’s an important work for those involved.

What are you working on that you already know you won’t fail? Have you grown tired or bored with the work? Is it worth seeing through to the finish or have you already quit?

There’s an old saying….”Winners never quit and quitters never win.”


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  1. korey

    I don’t like the subject of finishing. I’m not a finisher in some long-term projects and goals.

    But I’m working on my exercise goals. i don’t see myself failing. I’ve been on this health-track for years, but I’m starting to see some gains in my attitude of discipline more than anything else. I’ve stopped asking why I couldn’t finish earlier or why I’ve had setbacks; I just want to improve and strive toward my goal.

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