Sometimes You Just Have to Jump

what if i fall, taking chances

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.

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What chances will you be taking this week?

  • This week I’m taking a chance on my Fibro brain doing what I want it to and guest posting on someone else’s blog. Other than that, I shall see! 🙂

    Loving your new profile pic, by the way!

    • Thanks, lovely! 🙂 I look forward to reading your guest post. And I hope your brain does everything you want it to this week. 🙂

  • So true, great message to start the week!!

    • Thanks! I like to start the week with a little inspiration. I think we all need it on Mondays. 😉

  • Ahhh love this!! That first quote is one of my favs. It’s always hard to take a risk when we are so comfortable in everyday life… but like it’s said – ‘What if you fly?’

    • It’s one of my favorites too. 🙂 It’s a nice reminder that we could succeed despite our doubts.

  • I have to admit taking risks is not a problem for me. The mistakes I make though, jumping in without looking both ways, on the other hand, etc, are not as easy to get out of…that being said, do it anyway 🙂

    • Haha. If nothing else, it’s a great learning experience! 🙂 Unfortunately, I tend to overthink and overanalyze a lot when it comes to life decisions.

  • I am a terrible risk taker. I’m so afraid of failing–and of success–that it puts me stuck in this terrible, limbo, mediocre place.

    Love the message of this post!

    • Maybe you should start by taking small risks and work up to the bigger ones. 🙂 After all, life is very short. And it’s much better to look back and think about all the things you tried instead of all the things you might have missed out on. I hope you take some risks today! :-p

  • I’m all out of chance-taking ;). Did that when I relocated my family to DC for a post-doc that I wasn’t 100% sure would turn into a full time job. Thankfully, after a year, it did :). Guess my next little adventure is making Halloween costumes. Wish me luck. My husband has already reminded me (which I told him to do) that the sewing machine and I are enemies.

    • You are awesome! I’m so glad that it did turn into a job. And I’m sure you’ll make amazing costumes. Just don’t make the sewing machine mad. :-p

  • Marielle

    I’m so bad at taking risks. I mean, living abroad was a big one, but for some reason, I’m far less adventurous in my hometown. I really need to get out and meet people since I only have a handful of friends left in the city, but finding new friends is such a hassle haha.

    • Oh, it really is a hassle! It just takes so much more effort to meet people as an adult. It was easier in high school when you had lots of people all around you to meet. Haha. 🙂

  • What a great way to start the week! And something good to keep in mind for some of my personal endeavours this week!

    • That’s awesome! I hope it helps to inspire you to take a few chances this week. 🙂

  • taking risks is something I am not good at. jumping out of a plane seems ok, but the rollercoaster yeah no. put me a few seats back, haha.

    • Haha. At least you’re still willing to ride the rollercoaster! Some people won’t even get on the ride. 🙂

  • Unlike you I am not a risk taker, and tend to keep my feet firmly placed on the ground. The biggest risk I ever took was moving across the world, and since then I have taken each day as a new experience. Just recently I was asked if I wanted to go camping, and although my typical answer would be no (I can’t stand bugs) I remained open and willing to try it out. Just taking each day and adventure as it comes. 🙂
    Andrea | thepineapplecake.com

    • Moving across the world is an awesome risk to take! And it sounds like it has opened you up for lots of new adventures and experiences. 🙂 I hope you enjoy camping! It can be a lot of fun.

  • love this! Got me thinking!!

  • You and I are very similar in this regard. I’m always the person who’s doing these things, but when it comes to the big decisions in my life I’m almost paralyzed. Reading this post made me realize that yet again. Hopefully the more I realize that the more I can maybe align the two parts of my lives to be more risk-taking!

    • I hope we can both learn to be more adventurous in the bigger decisions. 🙂 After all, we only get one life. We might as well take risks, while we can.