In life you get just about as many chances as you’re willing to take.
The two biggest regrets people have as they near the end of their lives are not connecting with others more often and not taking enough chances. This season and in the season of life get out of your comfort zone and take risks even if the odds seemed stacked against you. I glad I did mentality is always better than a wish I would have. Nothing great or magical has ever come from I wish I would have.
Here are some ways you can be more of a risk taker instead of catching a case of the Wish-I-Would-Haves:
- Trusting your gut. – Life is too short to wait. Every new day is another chance to change your life or season. Every great accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Trust that little voice inside your head that says, “What if…” and then GO DO IT. Give yourself the opportunity. You would be surprised how often “what if” works. Dr. Rob Gilbert on the Success Hotline often says if you don’t ask or do the answer is always no.
- Believing in your own abilities. – Believing you can is a BIG deal! My favorite dugout sign is Believe or Leave. That should be your own personal poster in your head! If you have thoughts of doubt then they need to leave. Belief thoughts get to stay. Are you going to talk yourself into it or listen your way out of something? Believe that you CAN. Forget about all the other factors like age, gender, experience, and especailly the H.A.T.E.R.S of the world. Pay them no mind! Believe in yourself.
- Making moves in the face of fear. – Fear is a crippling disease. The great thing about it is you can beat it by taking ACTION! So many times we associate taking risks with jumping. I don’t like this analogy because many times it is merely the first step we need to take. The first words we need to speak. The first word you need to write that are stopping us from our goals or dreams. Forget about crossing the chasm. Lets just take the first small step toward the direction we want to head. Fear and doubt don’t exist anywhere except in your head. Don’t be F’D, Be courageous. Go after your goals. Your commitment just needs to out weigh your fear to get started.
- Taking a step forward not a leap. – The perfect time to get started will never come. Stop waiting for the “perfect time!” Perfect doesn’t exist this side of heaven. One of my favorite prayers is the following:God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardships as the pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that you will make all things right, if I surrender to your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.—The Serenity Prayer
- Making your goals a priority #1. – Make today count. Make a conscious effort to take strides toward all of your goals. Big and small ones deserve attention on a daily basis. Once goals are met then set new ones. It is simple: Keep the main thing the main thing.
- Working hard even when it hurts or you don’t feel like it. – There is no such thing as an overnight success. It takes years to get to where you want to go. There will be many days when it is hard, many days when you are tired, many when you don’t feel like doing anything to accomplish your goals. The trick is to keep going, keep working, keep fighting the good fight even when it is tough. Don’t let you beat you! How much are you willing to risk to achieve your goals? Will the price will be nice, roll the dice, because stopping when your tired won’t suffice.
- Upholding your standards of excellence. – Don’t pretend no efforts to take a risk is alright. Many of us will rationalize this in our heads. Tell ourselves it is ok. It’s not. If you want something then do everything possible to make it happen. You are compromising your level of excellence when you make excuses for yourself. Work hard and work now. Hold yourself to high standards and you will be able to hold your head high as well.