Have you ever thought about how often we part by urging each other to be careful? ‘Take care’, we say or ‘Look after yourself’. It seems friendly and well meaning and of course, we want to see our friends again. However, we might actually be doing them a disservice. We are sending them a message that they should not take any risks. That is a similar message to the ones we have probably been receiving ourselves since childhood. While no sensible person would urge us to take risks with fire or safety on the road, that “Take care” can also give another message.
These subtle signals restrict our growth and our development. They essentially urge us to remain where we are. They tell us not to take chances. Why, after all, should we take chances? The ‘safe’ and ‘known’ are serving us well. Why should we not continue to follow that path? In short, why should we put ourselves out on a limb?
The fact is taking risks is exactly what we should be doing. We should be taking risks and chances on a daily basis. This is how we grow, stretch ourselves and reach our potential. This is how we will achieve great things and fulfill our dreams. Just imagine, for a moment, where your life would be now, if everyone who cared for you had urged you to take risks instead of urging caution. Most of us would find that our lives would be very different. We would have had more experience. We might have shed our cautious nature. We could have discovered talents that we did not know we had. We would, in all probability, have less fear and feel more fulfilled. The truth is most of us wish that we had taken far more risks. Yet we worry. The trouble is most of us tend to associate taking risks with danger. The same danger, we link to pain and to all sorts of negative associations. Yet nine times out of ten, the risk we are talking about taking have no dangerous consequences whatsoever. What, we might ask, is the worst that will happen? This applies to risks in all areas of our...
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