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The question you need to ask yourself

By April 12, 201813 Comments

Hey champ,

When I was developing my online mindset coaching program, School of Champions, there was a question I really wanted to include in the first step of the course.

It’s a question I ask myself all the time, but I almost didn’t include it in the final version of the program.

I thought it seemed too basic, too obvious to have any real impact on the people in my course. I thought people would see it, think “God, Turia, be original would you?” and then give up on the entire course (I’m nothing if not a tad dramatic at times! ?).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I did end up including it and, lo and behold, it’s become one of the most powerful and game-changing questions I ask in the entire program.

Seriously. So many of my SOC-ers have told me that this question completely changed the way they looked at their life – and what direction they wanted to take next.

All in one question? Yep, this is some Harry Potter level sh*t ?

ANYWAY, the point is, I think it’s time to share this little q with you too.

You ready?

Here goes.

Grab a pen and some paper and write down your a to this q:

“What would you do if you could not fail?”
i.e. If money was no issue, if you knew nothing would stop you, if there was no failure to fear, if you knew you would succeed – what would you do? What would you attempt? What dreams would you chase?

I told you, right? It’s a really simple question. One I’m sure you’ve seen before.

But it has this effect of totally shifting your perspective on life.

For me, it’s an invigorating question. It makes me feel pumped for the future.

And look, I know we’re not curing cancer here (unless that was your answer!) but I reckon this question can change lives.

Think about it – to answer this question, you have to strip out all your fears (fear of failure, or rejection) and envision what you actually WANT to do in your life, not what you need to do or have to do.

And in my book, that’s pretty epic.

After all, the best things happen when we are led by excitement, not fear Tweet it!

So, give it a go!

Oh, and wanna know my answer?

Well, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!
Let me know your a to this q in the comments below.

And my answer? Well, as of this morning, here is a couple of things I would do if I could not fail:

  1. Sail like a traditional Tahitian navigator
  2. Live in a lighthouse
  3. Compete in Iditarod
  4. Finally do my doctorate
  5. Live with the Kalahari Bushmen
  6. Fly a helicopter

See you when I’m flying my chopper to a lighthouse in a Tahitian atoll, with my pack of racing huskies by my side!

T xx



  • claudia says:

    Hi Turia,
    You’re amazing, every time I see your post in my inbox, I take five minutes to read it. Actually, in my WhatsApp status, I have one the final quotes to twit… I do not have twitter at the moment, but for me your messages are awesome. What would I do if I knew I wouldn’t fail: I would run a company! I would learn two or more languages, I would sail the Atlantic to see my family in Venezuela.

  • What I would do if I could not fail is ….. drive a formula 1 race car, swim at a crowded beach with pure enjoyment and hike in the most beautiful places in the world 🙂

  • Annette Gibbard says:

    If money was no object and I knew I couldn’t fail, I would buy a house on the East coast of Australia, set up my easel, and paint pictures as often as I wanted while looking out at the ocean. ? ? ?‍?

  • Norelle Reeves says:

    I would go and study to gain some sort of accreditation

  • Tamara says:

    1. Walk the Camino
    2. Ride the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand
    3. Learn to row again
    4. Finish my studies
    5. Travel through europe with my family
    6. Buy a property in the bush for weekends away

  • Ali says:

    1. Travel the world and live like a local.
    2. Fund said travel as a freelance photo/journo.
    3. Sing on stage with Crowded House in front a huge happy crowd.
    4. Become a civil celebrant.
    5. Retire and spend more time with my children and grandchildren.

  • Lauren Barker says:

    I would love to
    1- go to uni and study To be a dietian, start up my own business and specialise in FODMAP’s.
    2- live out of town on a block of land where we can live off grid
    3- spend a day a week with my Nanna

  • Michelle says:

    I am so geared towards thinking about my responsibilities and obligations, that this question stumped me for a half a day. Now I am lying in bed late at night while my hubby lies snoring beside me I can finally think.

    I would live in Italy, learn the lingo, write, paint and soak up the culture, food and wine.

    I would become a middle-aged art history student in Uni.

    I would travel the world.

    I would attend a weight loss retreat until I reached my goal weight and then had the necessary excess baggage removal options after.

    But am I off on the wrong track because those are things I just want but cannot have as opposed to things I could fail at?

  • Farzane says:

    I always wanted to travel to all parts af the world.mybe with bike.but I never do it.Excuse me for my mistakes.My english is not good.

  • Lisa says:

    Sing, Act, Set up a counselling and healing centre/retreat, Teach courage and self worth, Create art…jewellery, pottery, paint, Build our dream house, Travel and visit my friends around the world. …. Love ya Turia. X

  • Renata Alegria says:

    If fear and exhaustion and excuses were not an issue I’d love to:
    1 – Practice yoga – headstand (used to) and crow pose (fear)
    2 – Get a loan and refurbish my family’s home back home
    3 – Convert to veganism
    4 – Night weaning my toddler
    5 – Talk to dad

  • Amanda says:

    What would you do if you could not fail?

    – Saving the homeless, giving them a chance when others looked down on them. To find their feet again.
    – Building a house for my daughters and also building my parents their new house
    – Teaching and encouraging women old and young to love themselves for the image that God has created in them. These days social media portrays a lot of how standards of what some see as a “perfect” life and to not be fooled by the journey of others.
    – Sharing love and light to the world!

  • mairead says:

    1. travel the world and run and/or bike
    2. climb a mountain (and then maybe some more)
    3. start a community help program
    4. buy an old church, renovate it and let local artists exhibit their work
    5. learn to play piano
    6. run a marathon on every continent