Taking Risks

I dare you to move.

I dare you to take risks.

Yes, I am talking to you.

I’m talking about taking risks. No, not foolish risks such as taking a jump from the highest building without any safety gear. I’m talking about the risks we face in life- in our career, love, family, and spiritual faith.  Decisions we have to make. Life is all about taking risks anyway. We take chances every single day. When we go to sleep, we risk not waking up the next day or when we cross the street, we risk getting hit by a car. Or what about when we eat? We risk eating poisonous food or getting choked by what we eat. But we still go through it and do it.

“Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.–Philip Adams.”

However, when it comes to making changes and major decisions in life, we back down and hesitate. We hold back and get fearful. And it’s simply sad because there is so much that life has to offer to us if we only have the courage to go for it and live for it. Some people have their whole life mapped out in front of them and there’s nothing wrong with it. But when they fear going through another direction because they don’t want to fail or they don’t want to look foolish in people’s eyes, they are missing out a lot in life. We will only understand and experience the splendor of life if we allow the unexpected to happen. Sometimes we have to pursue happiness and that can only happen if we are brave enough to makes changes- small or huge- and if we fully commit ourselves to life.

Paolo Coelho has never said it better in his novel, “Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back–and at some point everyone looks back–she will hear her heart saying, “What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you wasted your life.”

You have to take risks. We have to take risks. Courageous risks help you grow as an individual. They make you bolder, more confident, and better than you think you are. You’ll never go beyond your comfort zone if you put up walls and shield yourself from danger and unimaginable worries. It’s better to cross the line than to look at that line for the rest of your life. Don’t frustrate yourself with every ‘what-ifs’. Follow your dreams. Don’t keep on looking at that line, cross it and walk over the edge. We must dare and go on daring.

“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.–Dale Carnegie (Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook) “

Amelia Earhart. Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Donald Trump. Famous and successful names but these are names that have taken risks at some point in their lives. They have gone into ventures where people thought they were crazy but they still went ahead and plunged into the water. So take a chance. Ditch that mulish critical voice that keeps you from living your wildest dreams.

“God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one.–Max Lucado ”

Even God approves of courageous risks. He is pleased with the faith that we have when we take the risk. Remember how Peter took the risk to get out of the boat and walk on water towards Jesus? It is a given that we have to step out in faith. We need to stop clinging to our comfort zones. Step out! Keep in mind that if God calls you, He will also equip you.

It can be a lonely ride and may be full of rejections (and at times deceptions) and derision but DARE. Don’t put limitations on your abilities and on yourself. Are you moving now? Are you taking a step? A step is just the beginning. Go on and learn. And live.