“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T. S. Eliot
We inherently know that the best things in life come to us when we take a risk. Yet we often find ourselves immersed in our daily lives doing the same things over and over again. We love our routines! In a lot of ways, our daily routines provide the safety and comfort we need to survive. The flip side of this is that we can become stagnant if we fail to do something different and take a risk.
I recently came across a photograph of me rock climbing. This was an activity I never envisioned myself doing, but a friend encouraged me to try it. I responded, “Awesome! Why not?” Of course once I arrived at the indoor venue and looked up at the towering 25-foot walls with their tiny ledges, I realized that the whole thing appeared difficult. My nerves got the best of me, and I thought, “What was I thinking?!” But not being one to back out on my word, I was carefully strapped into the safety ropes and began my slow climb up.
Today, I can proudly say I made it all the way to the top of three difficult courses. I may not have been the fastest one among my guy friends to reach the top, but I did not give up, and I completed all three courses without falling off!
So this made me think, “How often do we take a risk and step outside our comfort zone to try something new?” The best things in life come from facing our challenges . . . and overcoming our fear of failure or rejection. We outgrow our fears by taking a risk to do something we view as difficult. And this in turn allows us to learn and expand our perspective—we “thrive” instead of becoming stagnant in daily routines.
Taking a risk can be as simple as calling someone you’ve been afraid to speak to, looking for a new career opportunity because you feel you’re ready to move up, or making a decision based on a gut feeling instead of overanalyzing and rationalizing the situation. Maybe a risk for you is something even more involved, such as traveling on your own to a place you’ve always wanted to visit, making a move to a new home, or doing something daring such as rock climbing. 😉
This week, I challenge you to take a risk. Do something outside your comfort zone and throw caution to the wind! If you shake up your routine, you may just discover you’ll accomplish something that you’ve always wanted to achieve.
Have a risky and rewarding week, my friends.