5 Reasons To Take A Risk This Year
Taking a risk is scary.
Like bungee jumping off a cliff or skydiving from 8,000 feet, adrenaline rushing with nerves of steel. We weigh the options of either being successful in taking those risks or falling short of something less than perfect. How many times have we fallen short of taking a risk? We are wired to avoid risks. We like our comfort zone. We like dependability and the daily anticipation of what comes next, even if we are unhappy.
Knowing that somehow this is our holding tank. Our safe space. Yet we yearn for something more. Something different, something new or challenging. We search to find a deeper understanding of who we are in this daily existence. Do we deny the cost of risk? That somehow the cost of inaction is easier than the cost of risk? We become attached to the junk that holds us down and keeps us doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result.
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1. Doubts Begin to Fade
How we respond to risk taking is truly about our fears, emotions, and thoughts. We can bargain ourselves into believing that there is too much doubt or fear involved to step forward. Doubt that “it will not work because I’ve tried it before” type of thinking. When we take a risk, our doubts begin to find their place in a quieter state of mind. Doubts may still exist, but the decision to jump outweighs the decision to remain in doubt.
2. Understanding That Change Is Inevitable
The one constant we can count on is change. Nothing stays the same. Taking a risk is part of accepting the constant state of change. Prepare the way for change to take place. It will happen whether we like it or not.
3. Knowing There is Uncertainty
We do not know how the end result will turn out when we take a risk, but we are at least opening that door. Taking a risk at a new career. Embarking on a new goal.
Risking positive change in our lives when we allow ourselves to heal. Uncertainty yes, but new opportunities for growth.
4. Our Self-Awareness Increases
Knowing ourselves is the key to taking risks and navigating how we will survive. There is a guarantee that we will know ourselves more fully when we engage in taking a risk within our own lives. Stepping away from what has not worked in the past. Reaching for new possibilities each day. Learning to love ourselves. Learning that change, ever constant, does not have to be so scary.
5. Biggest Risk is No Risk at All
Time will pass no matter what we do. One day is it now and the next day a decade has passed. What did we risk during that time? Did we just age and time slowly moved us past the desire to take a risk? Taking a risk does not mean throwing all good sensibility out the window. It means to be awake within our own lives. Accepting that change will come and maybe some risk is worth it in the end. It is worth knowing that somehow, we can face change, take a risk and life will continue to unfold in unexpected and meaningful ways.
T.S. Eliot once said “Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
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