I read this quote by Peter Drucker the other day, “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” The message for me and you, “Risk it!” Today, take one small step outside your comfort zone toward where you really want to be.
One of the biggest roadblocks to living my dreams and realizing my purpose was my own fear of taking risks. As long as I can remember, I’ve been risk averse — you know, trying to avoid failure, humiliation, rejection and judgment at all costs. Although I knew nothing was ever 100 percent certain, I still tried to avoid what I perceived as big risks. Even if I could reduce the risk down to the lowest degree of likelihood, I still may have passed on the opportunity in the end. Instead, I lived my life playing it really, really safe. Which also meant I often settled for less than I really, really wanted. My strong dislike of risk, often led me to say “No” to the things that made my heart sing.
Here is what I know now: Playing safe, playing small, and sometimes not playing at all leads to a lackluster life. More than that, when you avoid taking risks, you end up sacrificing your dreams, compromising your desires, and living out of integrity with who you really are. My journey has taught me that I am safest when I trust my inner wisdom and take steps forward in strong faith. Actually, there is no safer risks than that. I found this article online about taking risks, The Biggest Risk Is Not Taking One: 14 Risks Everyone Needs To Take In Life by Paul Hudson. The author shares 14 risks that everyone should take in life. Here are five risks that stood out for me:
- Risk failing. I’ve learned that failure is part of succeeding. When I avoid taking risks for fear of failure, I’m also rejecting my success.
- Risk making a mistake. I’ve learned mistakes are opportunities to learn how to be successful.
- Risk not being good enough. I’ve learned that my vulnerability is strength.
- Risk launching too early. I’ve learned done is better than perfect. Woo-hoo!
- Risk putting yourself out there. I’ve learned how to attend to my fear of judgment and risk being truly seen. I practice putting myself out there again and again.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
THINK ABOUT IT
- What decision or risk are you facing today?
- What is the worst thing that can happen if you take this risk?
- What strategy can you put in place so the worst doesn’t happen?
- What is it costing you to not take this risk? Is it costing you your health, your happiness, your fulfillment or who you are meant to be?
- What would you do if you were being more courageous?
Contributing Author Ilda Grimaldo has learned to take risks outside her comfort zone. She enjoys helping others reduce stress through her massage therapy business and build residual income in her Ambit Energy business. Ilda inspires her family, colleagues, and friends with her passion and ambition. Her advice to us, “I believe no matter what your background is you can be on the same playing field as anyone else. Making a difference can be challenging, requiring a need to be confident, resourceful, and willing to fight, to develop a can-do attitude. However, no matter how hard you fight, you will always be held back if you feel you are out of your league.” — Ilda Grimaldo, Step Out of Your League Meet the Contributing Authors