I’ve always been a risk taker. It’s not that I perform death-defying stunts, think I’m invincible or am looking to chase some kind of adrenaline-fueled high.
It’s more that I take myself outside the ordinary, the stable and the secure and stretch myself in the hopes that by electing to take on a risky endeavor or two, I’ll get that to that elusive and exciting place I ultimately want to end up.
In the past year I’ve launched a blog – revealing my vulnerabilities and insecurities through my writing and potentially opening myself up to criticism and ridicule.
I’ve invested my own money in studying a non-traditional career path and launching my business when everyone around me is buying houses and settling for security.
I’ve elected to end a long-term relationship and be single by choice as I’m nearing 30 and watching my closest friends get married and have babies.
Just this past week – I hosted a webinar that went for over an hour and then later in the week got up in front of 30 women I’d never met before to share details about my life and my coaching journey.
Writing out some of the risks I’ve taken and casting my mind to some that are yet to come, I have the Hilltop Hoods, Chase That Feeling roaring through my mind. In my opinion though, the ability to take risks and to look fear in the face and choose to do it anyway is one of the most undervalued and underrated skills of today.
There’s a quote that I absolutely love that sums it up beautifully:
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Annie Dillard
Sometimes you have to take risks in order to succeed and while some risks won’t pay off, some certainly do.
One way I like to consider whether I should take a risk or not is to think about whether I’ll regret NOT taking the risk in 20-years time when I’m nearing 50? Will I regret not having started a business? Saying I love you? Following my dreams? If the answer is YES then I do it…no matter how scary, crazy and outside the norm it may seem.
And that feeling when you do take the risk and it ultimately pays off and you come out the other side a success? Well that is one of the most liberating, exciting and inspiring feelings.
The feeling I had after I successfully hosted my webinar and after I managed to get up and speak about my life and journey to 30 women without making a fool of myself? It’s lightness and expansion…taking a risk, facing your fears and choosing to listen exclusively to what your core and your heart actually desires is what true living and growth is really all about.
What can you say yes to today? Are you ready to really start living? Are you ready to start writing? Do you want to launch a blog? Can you say yes to that speaking gig?
Share with me in the comments what crazy risk is scaring you senseless right now but what you’re committing to doing anyway? xx