How many times have you made a wish, set a goal, or had a dream? Only to find that they didn’t come to fruition because you failed to do the one thing it took to make it all happen; take the leap of faith and take a chance to do it.
For many people fear and excuses play a mean game of cat and mouse with their minds. They know what they want to do, and they know what would happen if they actually did it. Yet, when they hear their thoughts telling them to take a chance on anything; they freeze up in a state of procrastination.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. “ ~ Robert F. Kennedy
In the past, I have often found myself thinking and having to deal with these very same feelings myself. In most cases, I was left kicking myself for not acting on what I really wanted to act upon.
The excuses I would come up with were extensive and left me feeling better in a sense about myself, but this often only lasted for a short period of time. After that feeling of self-contentment of having an excuse would past, I was left to face the consequences of my actions and regrettably wishing I had followed through with it.
A lot of us were taught to avoid taking chances. “Color within the lines“, we were told. “Stay inside of the box“, “The comfort zone is a safe haven“. These and more were all things that we were consciously and unconsciously taught to follow.
I don’t know about you, but for most of my life they actually worked for me.
Huh?! They worked?
Yes, they worked. Let me explain…
Following those instructions did absolutely what they were meant to do. They kept me and my ideas in our place; which happened not to be where I wanted to be. I was afraid to step out and try anything different; especially if it didn’t match up with those things I was taught to believe.
Here’s the thing that wasn’t included in those life lessons.
If we stay within the lines, in the box, and/or in our comfort zones, we will always get the same exact outcome; without fail. That’s what happens when we follow the path of others without taking the opportunity to form our own opinions and views.
We often think that if we “follow the leader” or do as we’re told to do there will be some type of reward for our obedience. No one ever tells us that if we don’t question somethings that we’re taught, the result will be the same results gathered by the teacher of the lessons.
If you don’t know what their result were, ask them! Ask them if failing to take a chance worked out for them?
If they are honest, I guarantee their answer will be that it didn’t work out the way they’d planned for it too.
When we think about having to take a chance on something, it’s automatically assumed that there are high risk involved; which frightens a lot of people from ever taking any chances in their life altogether.
We dread failure! So much so, that we will eliminate our only chances of success sometimes beacause of what we believe (or were taught) to be the case.
Facing the Risk and Taking Chances
So let me ask you this… What comes to mind when you hear the word, “risk”?
Are these questions you find yourself asking?
- Is there danger involved?
- What’s the reward?
- Is the reward worth taking the risk?
“Risk” is a word that a pessimist thinking individual associates with not only danger, but often they tend to think that failure is inevitable if risk is taken.
Don’t let the fear of failure deter you from going after what you want. There’s always a chance for failure in anything we try to accomplish in life. That’s no reason however for us not to do them.
Believe it or not, the lesson to fear failure was a lesson taught to each of us, and like any lesson we’ve learned in this life, we must ask ourselves if it’s something we’d like to adopt in our lives.
By facing and overcoming our fears, we build upon our confidence in our abilities to follow through, and that confidence is the drive it takes to conquer the fear of taking chances.
“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~ William Jennings Bryan
These individuals know that there are high risk involved in going after the unknown, but they don’t allow the high risk to deter them from producing an outcome.
Their failure to get the result they wanted isn’t a major setback to them. If they fail, they simply use that outcome, change their approach, and shoot for a different outcome that’s more ideal to the one they were originally going for in the first place.
It’s all about believing in yourself enough to at least give it a try. You never know what you’re capable of until you take a chance and try doing it.
So today, 5 days into 2012, I wanted to challenge each of you to take a chance this year and do something that you’ve been convincing yourself you could not do.
Make this year the year it happens for you, and I guarantee that you’ll never look at “high risk and taking chances” the same ever again.
So, let’s discuss shall we….
Did you enjoy the video?
What comes to mind when you hear the words, “risk”, “failure”, or “taking a chance”?
Did anything pop into your mind that you’d like to take a chance doing in 2012?
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