Looks scary right? Sure does, but is it? Images, both real and imagined, can be deceiving.
We will all come face to face with what we consider to be a risk. There is some sort of conceived danger. Sometimes we walk away and we never know what if? Maybe if we choose to go for it we will find out it was only scary for a second. Once we commit to doing it we find it was not scary at all. There was no risk involved.
Does our culture promote risk taking? Not so much. Each of us will have a different take on that question depending on our family and friends. Did our parents encourage risk taking? Do we have a friend who is all in for adventure? Overall, I believe it is more common for us to hold back and take the safe road.
Why take risks? Are there any benefits?
Ask your adventurous friend, what do they think? Do they go over the top explaining how awesome it was, the feeling of excitement, the satisfaction and pride when it was over?
Here are some of the benefits of taking risks:
- A feeling of pride and satisfaction
- Confidence in your abilities
- Learning something new or improving your skill set
- Gives you an overall feeling of competence
- A desire to continue trying new “risky” things
What little steps can you take to strengthen your resolve and start taking risks?
- Talk to someone that intimidates you or makes you unsure of yourself. Say hi for starters and then dive right in. Ask them a question.
- If you never go anywhere by yourself, try it.
- Go somewhere you have never been before or try eating something different. If you’ve never tried, use chopsticks.
- Apply for a different job.
- Stand up for your beliefs or defend someone else’s.
- Try something totally new like karate, boxing or yoga.
- Tell someone you trust that you are afraid of doing new things.
By starting out doing less daunting activities we will realize that it is okay to move away from our comfort zone.
For some these will seem like simple and easy things but not everyone will feel that way. The point is to try new things that you may have thought of doing but you were afraid of. You do not want to be uncomfortable.
No one likes being embarrassed and no one likes to fail.
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
Failure allows us to learn and become better. Failure really makes us stronger. Fail once, step back, assess what happened and try again. You may fail more than once but each attempt will benefit you in some way.
Your life will be more meaningful for having made the attempt. You will be successful.
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.C. S. Lewis
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Try something new today!