When was the last time you took a risk? Really picture the kind of risk that pushed you way out of your comfort zone. Once you have a clear vision of that time, how many memories did you have to choose from before you landed on the most significant risk? If finding an answer to this question is a struggle, then my guess is you didn’t have many situations to choose from, as you may not have taken many chances. So the real question is… Why haven’t you?
According to a recent Forbes article on job satisfaction, just over 52 percent of people are unhappy with their job. Yet, people stay in their job anyway. Most of us had a dream or a vision of what our life would be by the age we are right now, but how many people are currently living into that vision? There are nearly eight thousand (yes I said 8,000) books sold right now on Amazon on the topic of “Finding Happiness.” So we are clearly willing to read a book or two in an attempt to alleviate our unhappiness, but are we willing to really change our lives in order to do so?
I don’t think it’s a stretch to equate the level to which people feel stuck, trapped, or hopeless, as being directly related to the amount of risk they are willing to take. Anyone who is in a situation, ANY situation they don’t like, and feels they have no options, isn’t being honest with themselves. The truth is, they don’t have options with a level of risk they are willing to tolerate. Restated: the more risk you are willing to take on, the more options you have, plain and simple.
This brings me to today’s episode, because in the upcoming weeks, I am going to have a particular focus on risk tolerance and what can be done to increase it. The reality is, if you want to improve any area of your life, you are going to have to do something different than what you are currently doing. The more you can expand your comfort zone, your perceived risk decreases. There is a fairly common adage that says, “Do something every day that scares you.” I would like to end that sentence with, “Because soon enough, less and less will.”
I hope you are inspired by my conversation today with Price Donaldson. At 20 years old, he already has the courage of a lion, the power of belief of a Kahuna, and a heart of gold. He embodies what it means to live YOUR life every day with intention and a clear vision. He is a great reminder for all of us to:
Live your life boldly, unapologetically, and with no fear. The real risk is in not doing so.
With bold gratitude,
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