RISK: My 2012 Word of the Year
And Guess what? Besides an eyebrow raise from my husband (who thought hot-pink lips were just an ulterior motive for something else)… nobody really said anything! The lipstick police didn’t pull me over, and not even one person assumed I had rode in on a unicycle.
I quickly realized that I was my own worst critic. The only person who held me back from doing things that I thought I couldn’t… was ME. So I pose this questions…
The great thing about taking risks in life, is that there are only two possible outcomes:
1. You realize your risk was TOTALLY worth it, you forget about your feelings of inadequacy and become wildly successful and happy…
2. You fail and have to go through the full gamut of emotions, from embarrassed to sad, hurt or silly.
I love the quote by Fredrick Wilcox…
Progress always involves risk; you can’t expect to steal second base, and still keep your foot on first.
When I started blogging I never even dreamed that it would take me to where I am today. An opportunity to experience new things, meet fabulous new people, make amazing new friends and have a full time job doing something I truly love. But in order for me to get to where I am, I’ve had to take some pretty big risks. Until this last year, I also realized how many of those “risks” I also shy away from for fear of failing or looking stupid. It wasn’t until I found this quote about a month ago, that I really started finding the courage to change all that.
My older brother once said to me… “Nobody happy and successful got that way by playing it safe.” It was like a light bulb went off in my brain, and I realized that even in the few times in my life that I HAVE taken risks and they’ve turned out like outcome #2, where I feel totally silly or embarrassed afterwards, I’ve also walked away with something else…
Life experience and the overall great feeling of knowing that I TRIED.
When I’m old, wrinkly and grey, I want to be able to look back on my life and know that I did everything that I wanted to do. And even if I didn’t succeed… I sure as heck tried my hardest.
So my challenge to YOU this year, is to take some RISKS. Start small if you have to.
* Wear a trendy hair accessory or try sporting skinny jeans with a pair of killer boots, for the first time.
* Call that neighbor who you feel like you could possibly be friends with, and ask her if she wants to meet up for dinner or shopping.
* Stop looking for the ‘perfect swatch color’ and just paint that DAMN WALL ALREADY!
Quit being a roadblock for yourself. Get out of your own way, and start living a fuller life.
Just simply making the decision to start taking more risks…
is half the battle.
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