What If?


woman standing on a mountain path taking in the view, what if


What if instead of weighing your self-esteem on the scales each morning you give thanks for the legs that have carried you so far and the arms that have enabled you to hug those you love?

What if instead of thinking about all the ways you think you’re failing you think about all people whose lives would be poorer if you weren’t in them?

What if instead of focusing on your weaknesses you focus on all the things you’ve achieved over the course of your life?

What if instead of thinking about all the reasons why you can’t follow your dreams you think about what the world will be missing out on if you don’t?

What if instead of letting fear hold you back you let your courage propel you forward?

What if instead of giving up on yourself when you meet an obstacle along your path you smile because you know that obstacle is an opportunity to show the universe how much you want something?

What if instead of quitting when things get hard you persevere knowing that what you want is worth the hard work?

What if instead of playing it small around others you let yourself shine in all your glory?

What if instead of pretending to be who you think others want you to be you let yourself be the real you?

What if instead of doing what you think you’re meant to be doing you do what your heart calls for you to do?

What if instead of saying ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ you start today?

What if instead of saying ‘I’m too old’ you say ‘I have so much life experience that’s going to help me with this’?

What if instead of saying ‘I’m too young’ you say “I have so much time ahead of me to learn the things I need to learn’?

What if instead of coming up with all the reasons why you can’t do something you come up with all the reasons why you can and must?

What if instead of ruminating about the past you enjoyed every moment of the present?

What if instead of seeing the source of the problem as being in everybody else you worked on healing your own inner wounds?

What if you replaced all the negative self-talk that tells you lies about not being good enough with positive self-talk about what an amazing person you are?

What if you allowed yourself to dream about all that is possible for your life?

What if instead of looking in the mirror and focusing on all your perceived flaws you give thanks for the eyes that allow you to see the beauty in this world and the ears that allow you to hear the sound of laughter?

What if instead of listening to the voices of others you allowed yourself to be guided by your own inner voice?

What if instead of worrying about making mistakes you allow yourself to see anything that doesn’t work out as an opportunity for you to learn and grow?

What if instead of panicking that you’re lagging behind everyone else you tell yourself that you’re right on time?

What if you spend more time laughing and less time complaining?

What if you forgive yourself for the times you haven’t acted with as much grace as you would have liked?

What if instead of comparing yourself to others you realised that we all stumble in many ways?

What if instead of rushing around going 90 miles per hour you slowed down and listened to the birds sing as the world begins to wake up?

What if you let yourself do nothing more than lie on the grass and stare up at the clouds like you did when you were a kid?

What if you stopped worrying about all the things you worry about that will probably never happen?

What if you had faith that the dots will always join up?

What if you stopped resisting the things that you can’t change?

What if you realised that this moment is the only one you’re ever guaranteed and vow to live it to the fullest?

What if?



  1. Mike Wells
    August 31, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    Very good advise in there Kathryn. I have taken a lot of what ifs on board for my journey forward. Thanks.

    • Kathryn
      September 1, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      I’m so glad some of those ‘what if’s’ were helpful – I’ll definitely be taking them on my journey too!!

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