What If We Assumed Success?

The other day, I was listening to a podcast….

Hello. My name is LA Bourgeois. I am a podcast-aholic.
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So, I was listening to a podcast and the speaker said that she always approached projects with an attitude of abundance.


She explained further by saying that she always assumes that her projects will be successful. This attitude allows her imagination to flow. She can’t wait to write down the story she’s imagined. When fun ideas for merchandise or a podcast crosses her brain, she writes them down. She pursues each idea to its fullest potential as she has the time.

Because that little voice in her head never says, “What a silly idea! No one would ever want that.”

She thinks that people will find value in her work. And that they will want to engage with more of it.

Mind. Blown.

I’m a cautious person. I cling to security. I balance my dreams with the reality of bills to be paid and laundry washed and feeding the pets and us.

I’ve been so cautious for so long that this idea of assuming success absolutely floored me. As my mind opened, ideas flew through for things like fun knitting needles and yarn labeled for my knitting superhero novel series, inspiring courses and kits for my coaching clients, a beautiful book of all of my favorite quotes. And oh! The books I would write if I assumed I would succeed.

The potential blasted a hole through my mind. Walking the dog that morning by the bare trees and dormant grass, the fullness of summer filled my imagination with color and light and warmth. I took a deep breath and the chill surprised me.

For a long time, I’ve been approaching my work with the idea of “What would you do even if you knew you would fail?” What did I love so much that I couldn’t keep from doing it—even if I knew there was no way for me to succeed professionally?

It’s a great question, and one that we all need to confront in our creative lives.

However, I’ve identified what that is for me. Now, it’s time to embrace a new idea.

What if everything you touch becomes a raging success? What if people find value in your work? What if people want to engage with more of it, allow it to influence and inspire and entertain them?

How does that change how you approach your work, your patrons, your art?

***Want to know more about that podcast? Click here for the episode of The Creative Penn.


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