the risk to remain tight

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

– Anaïs Nin, author

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Safety and security are strong values for many people. They represent part of our collective comfort zones that play an important part in who we are. Unfortunately, there is often a very limiting and sometimes painful consequence to this “better safe than sorry” approach to life.

Exercise:

If a flower misses the rain and sunshine by not blooming, what are you potentially missing by not summoning the courage to blossom into your full expression of yourself? What actions will you take today to blossom?

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#110: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”

– Attribution uncertain

Have you ever picked an apple from the trunk of a tree? Me neither! The sweetness of life can only be found when we go out on those proverbial limbs and take a risk.

We must face failure, change, getting hurt, and looking foolish in order to explore our visions and reach beyond our grasp. How else can we experience all that life has to offer?

Exercise:

Where are you playing it too safe, and missing out on the sweet fruits of life?

What are the limbs of life that you can climb out on, to reach what you deeply desire?

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#44: “You can only adjust your course after you launch.”

– Brian Tracy, self-help author and motivational speaker (attributed)

Too many of us want guarantees in life. We want to be sure we win, get the right answer, arrive at the correct destination, even marry the right person. How many of us have failed in our lives, because we did not launch or take the risk of beginning something without any guarantee?

I began writing only a short time ago, not realizing that I could make each thing I wrote better through receiving coaching and counsel and therefore adjusting my course.

Exercise:

Where in your personal or professional life have you been reluctant to launch?

Consider how you might launch now and adjust your course later.

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#9: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it…”

“…If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

– Nora Roberts

It seems to me that all life involves some form of risk. The risk of failure and the risk of rejection stop all of us from time to time.

Many people find that the regret of inaction is far more destructive to a full life than almost any failure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

What goal, what relationship, what adventure is worth the risk for you?

Exercise:

What are your FEARs? Perhaps they’re only False Evidence Appearing Real.

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#4: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high…”

“… and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

– Michelangelo

I guess spending five years painting the ceiling of the Sistine chapel is an example of reaching consistently for new heights. In fact, most of Michelangelo’s works are examples of extraordinary achievements.

  • What have been your proudest moments in life?
  • Where have you dared to achieve greatness, or a higher purpose?
  • How did stretching or reaching for these seemingly out of reach goals help you grow?

Exercise

Where in your professional/personal life are you playing too small and too safe?

What goals in your life are worth greater risk, even the risk of failure? (Even if we fail on attempt after attempt, we can try again.)

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