Have you ever felt afraid of taking risks?
Perhaps the thought of failure, humiliation or rejection was such a dreadful thought that you would do anything to avoid taking risks. But at the same time, you knew you could potentially gain so much taking the risk.
These are some of the biggest fears that we all have. This article will show you how taking risks WILL change your life, even if you constantly fail.
By the end of this article, you will notice how fear has been holding you back unnecessarily for all these years and you will finally be able to achieve so much more in your life.
Here are 6 powerful reasons of why taking risks will change your life. Be prepared to be inspired!
1. In the game of life, if you don’t take a risk, you will never hit a home run.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way - Babe Ruth
These are such wise words. If you play a safe game there’s a big chance you’re not going to hit a home run and you are certainly not going to break any records. You will stay in a mediocre place and watch as other people around you move towards their dreams.
If you want to hit that home run and be successful in your life, whether that means reaching your dreams or simply living life to the fullest, taking risks is an inevitable part of the journey.
Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take the actions that could make their dream a reality - Anthony Robins
2. Failure adds to your adventure of growth
Just like taking risks is an inevitable part of life, so are failures and setbacks. These failures and setbacks become stepping-stones and are a part of our adventure of growth.
Do you know anybody who has never failed? I can’t imagine your answer is yes. Even the most successful people failed over and over again. But they kept adapting and adjusting and changed their behavior until they found what worked. They used their failures as trails and errors that lead them to their success.
So why be so hard on yourself? Let your failures and setbacks grow you and prepare you for success. Embrace your failures and see them as valuable lessons for success.
3. If you keep trying (and continuously risk failure) you WILL eventually succeed.
Often, we get to a certain point and say to ourselves, “that’s it, I can’t do it. I’ve tried and I’ve tried and it’s no use. I will never succeed”.
It’s not what happens to us that separates failures from successes. It is how we perceive it and what we do about what “happens” that makes the difference - Anthony Robins
Take a look at Colonel Sanders, creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Did you know that he was simply a retiree with a fried chicken recipe and a restaurant that was going broke?
Did you know that he drove around the country sleeping in his car and knocking on doors trying to promote his fried-chicken recipe and get some support? He was rejected 1009 times and then finally, someone said yes! And that was the start of a million dollar empire that influenced the world.
Why did he succeed? He succeeded because he was able to hear the word ‘no’ over a thousand times but still continue to fight for his dream. He did not let fear of failure and rejection get a hold of him.
Just like Colonel Sanders, if you keep taking action and continuously risk failure, you WILL succeed. Just don’t give up!
4. Most of your fears are unlikely outcomes!
Interestingly, most of the things we fear are unlikely outcomes! Have a think about it for a moment.
Have you ever wanted to ask someone out on a date and been afraid that they might reject you?
But what if they gave you every reason to believe they were interested in you. They smile at you, talk to you every on every occasion and they give you compliments. Are you now willing to take the risk and ask them out?
Or are you still overwhelmed by the possibility of rejection? Are you still consumed by the thought that they MIGHT say no?
You will notice that this is the case with most of the things you fear. Most of our fears are illogical. We have endless reasons to believe we can succeed but we let the smallest possibilities of rejection and failure determine our actions. Doesn’t that just seem so silly?
5. He that fears not the future may enjoy the present
When you live in constant fear such as fear of failure, rejection and humiliation how can you possibly enjoy yourself?
Your constantly worrying about what other people will think of you and that you wont be good enough. This stops you from doing things you love and enjoy. Your mind is always in a state of worry or anxiety.
Don’t let your fears take the joys out of the present. Let tomorrow worry about itself and choose to ENJOY today. Take risks everyday and don’t burden yourself with the possibilities of failure.
6. Taking risks makes you a healthier person (even if you fail)
By this point in the article, you have probably noticed that failure is not a bad thing at all and that fear of failure is what we have to watch out for.
Failures grow us and are a part of our journey to success. On the other hand, fear of failure causes us to worry and not enjoy the present.
So it is logical to say that taking risks will make you a healthier person!
You will be more mentally free of anxiety and worry, you will be happier as you enjoy the present and you will develop a confidence in yourself as you don’t let your failures bring you down.
Taking risks can also be stimulating and exciting. Imagine a life where you played it safe all the time. Imagine how boring and depressing that could be. Imagine the amount of self-confidence you would have if you always gave into your fears. Giving into fear will only make you an unhappy and unhealthy person.
What kind of person are you?
Are you currently giving into fear and letting it take away from the quality of your life?
Think about what the worst is that could happen from taking risks. You might feel humiliated or you might get rejected every once in a while. But is that worth living an unhappy and unhealthy life? And is it also worth giving up every chance you have at success?
After reading this article, I hope that the idea of giving into your fear of risk taking seems silly and illogical to you. And I hope that this will free you from your fears and it will help you to make the most out of your life!
What do you think? Will taking risks everyday change your life?