January 11, 2017 | by Matt Thomas
THE LINK BETWEEN TAKING RISKS AND TRANSFORMATION
Growing up I was blessed to live near a huge park with woods you could get lost in and a creek that ran right through the middle. When I was around 10 years old, my friends and I made the discovery of a lifetime: a rope swing (see The Notebook minus the romance). One by one my buddies swung out over the creek and screamed as they dropped 15 feet into the creek. Then it was my turn, and I FROZE. Fear gripped me. I backed off completely saying something about not wanting to get wet and doing it next time. As we rode our bikes back home for Capri Suns and orange slices, I promised myself I would never be “that kid” again. The next day I rode out there by myself, gripped the rope, and flew out above the water. I landed awkwardly on my side and rose out of the water with a shriek mixed with pain and victory.
We live in a culture that does its best to shield, protect, and ensure a comfortable existence for its inhabitants. We are encouraged to be safe and act with prudence. To take only calculated steps and keep our hands clean. Play by the rules or else…
Let’s get our hands dirty and try something new. Grab the rope and go for it.
Start that business. Run that race. Climb that mountain. Take that vacation. Stand up for yourself. Apologize even if it’s uncomfortable. Reconcile with that family member.
The decade you’re in will be gone before you know it.
I don’t know what you are facing, but I would bet there is something you have been dying to try that you haven’t gotten around to. Burn that list of excuses, and get busy living. You might be surprised by what you learn about yourself when you take a risk. Whether you succeed or fail, transformation happens when we do uncomfortable things.
When faced with a decision between what is convenient and the unknown, what would you choose? Taking risks isn’t about ignoring reality, it’s about having just enough courage to take the first step.
What is something you have been too afraid to try? What is holding you back?
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