I like to consider myself to be a bit of a risk taker. Jump out of an airplane? Sure, let’s do it! Dye my hair blue? Don’t mind if I do. Ride shotgun on the scariest rollercoaster? Yes, please!
However, when it comes to life choices I’m much less fearless. Instead of jumping in head first, I tend to stand back, over-analyze and play it extremely safe. After all, failure is one of the scariest things in life, especially for a woman once voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed.’
The fear of failure is everywhere. It influences our actions, messes with our minds and can hinder our ability to shine. We don’t grab that new job opportunity because there must be other applicants WAY more qualified. We don’t chase after our dreams because we already have a steady job, even though we hate it. And we don’t take chances because playing it safe is so much more comfortable.
Truth is, playing it safe IS comfortable. It’s stable, secure and . . . boring.
Nothing great ever happened by playing it safe. Bill Gates didn’t build an empire by proceeding with extreme caution. Beyonce didn’t become Queen Bey by chilling on the sidelines too afraid to try. And we won’t ever achieve our dreams by eternally grounding ourselves too afraid to take a leap of faith. Sometimes we just have to jump.
Yes, failure is a possibility, but so is success. We may discover greatness in our lives and ourselves beyond anything we could have ever imagined. We could actually create a life that we are head over heels in love with, and it could all start by taking a chance.
So don’t head down the path to a life filled with ‘what ifs’ and ‘should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.’ Take a chance on life, love and your dreams.
What chances will you be taking this week?