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What’s the BEST That Can Happen?

A mature woman pruning a bush

Summer is here in Chicago. Now that I’m back from the Outer Banks, it’s time to do some outside work around the house. After a wet spring, all my bushes needed trimming this weekend. So, after the heat wave passed, I was out in the yard on Sunday taking care of business.

I am blessed with amazing neighbors all around me. We get together for dinner, drink wine, enjoy evening fires, and chat over the fence. My neighbor, Denny, who lives behind me, walked over to the fence when he saw me pulling weeds.

“Hey, Nadine! How’s business?” Denny enthusiastically yelled.

“Doing good.” He sensed the hesitation in my response. Honestly, things were going okay, just not great. Heading into the summer months, it seems to get more difficult to get the attention of prospective clients. Always a challenge to keep up the momentum.

We continued to talk about life – sadness over the events in Orlando over the weekend – briefly about politics (we are on opposite ends), and, as always, he gives me some tips on business. Denny, now retired, was a successful salesman and businessman throughout his career, so I enjoy hearing his perspective on a common challenge for every entrepreneur – lead generation and sales conversion.

What I wasn’t expecting on Sunday was the huge light bulb moment I got.

As we discussed a few out-of-the-box ideas, I made the comment, “Well, what’s the worst that can happen?” Denny’s reaction…well, let’s just say it was as if I committed a huge error in judgment.

“THAT’S your problem, Nadine. It’s all in your thinking. You are DOOMED if the first thought is “What’s the worst that can happen?” You have to be thinking, “What’s the BEST that can happen!” That changes everything!!”

He was absolutely right. Just to say out loud, “What’s the BEST that can happen?” physically changed my energy and renewed my perspective. I know shifts in thinking create big results – it’s what I work on with my private coaching clients. But, this shift had never occurred to me before.

I have ALWAYS been a Plan B (and Plan C & D) type of person. Whenever I approached something new or risky, I moved forward by convincing myself that even if the worst-case scenario happened, I had a move or an answer. But it’s this negative bias in my thinking that has been holding me back in making huge leaps in my business. I was always hedging my bets and saying to myself – well, the worst that can happen is my business fails and I go back and get a J.O.B.

Of course, that’s the LAST thing I want to do. I consider myself completely unemployable these days.

It is my passion, purpose and deep desire to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners how to approach client attraction, business development, marketing and sales through a structured, strategic and authentic approach that creates breakthrough results.

I love what I do, and my latest program offerings are a result of my own learning, application, and client success stories.  But I was shocked to be called out on my own thoughts by Denny. How was I not seeing that for myself?

Well, it’s because it’s a HABIT. Throughout my life, I have approached options in my career, relationships, health, and finances with the thought of “What’s the worst that can happen?” Sure, I’ve still been successful, but what might have been different if I shifted my thoughts? I can only imagine how even MORE successful I might have been if I was approaching life and business with the attitude of “What’s the BEST that can happen?”

I wrote that question in big letters on my whiteboard in the office today. It’s my new perspective on everything. My plan – to ask that question every day, multiple times per day, for the next 21 days. The gurus say it takes 21 days to create a new habit.

Will you join me? Let me know in the comments below, and share “What’s the BEST that can happen?”


  1. Dorothy Kuhn June 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Hey Nadine – Love this Question
    “What’s the BEST that can happen?” Right now it’s these
    * my Wed SS decides to Invest!
    * my evergreen intro-product SELLs like hotcakes on FB & LI
    * I finish creating my core training, Module 1 tomorrow! (worksheet & audio)
    * I figure out how to overlay slides so it looks like a Webinar!

    Best, Best,


  2. Ramses Banda June 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    I just finished reading your latest piece about “what is the best that can happen”. I have heard a lot about the power of positive thinking but this is the first time someone approaches the subject from a practical point of view. I believe the author is on to something that can yield true benefits to your professional life.


    • Nadine Haupt June 27, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks, Ramses! I’m all about the practical approach to impacting change. Glad you enjoyed it!


  3. Meredith June 15, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Great blog, Nadine! I like your idea of making this paradigm shift a habit. I’ll be adding it to my white board also.


    • Nadine Haupt June 27, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Love it, Meredith!


  4. Kim Eldredge - New Frontier Books June 15, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    I LOVE that! When I started my business, getting a J.O.B. again wasn’t an option (and still isn’t!) so THAT never entered my mind. But yes, as I’m prepping for things I often ask “What’s the worst that can happen?”

    What a GREAT way to re-frame it!

    As I’m moving into the last week before my 3-day event, that’s going to be the ONLY thing I ask myself…

    What’s the BEST that can happen here?


    • Nadine Haupt June 27, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Can’t wait to hear how this small shift will impact your preparations for your event. Best of luck, Kim!


  5. Cynthia June 23, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    What a great way to reframe, Nadine! “What is the BEST that can happen?”

    Too often, we think we can cheer ourselves this way, It doesn’t work all that well!


    • Nadine Haupt June 27, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      It really can be as simple as shifting our language. Thanks, Cynthia!


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