If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.Robin Sharma
I’ve always believed that in the end, it will not be all the risks you took that you will regret the most. Rather, what will fill your heart with the greatest amount of regret and sadness will be all those risks that you did not take, all those opportunities you did not grab and all those fears you did not face.
A wise man once said,
Opportunity does not come gift wrapped. You must take risks.
I know, It’s easy to say that life’s greatest lessons come when we come out of our comfort zone. We grow tremendously when we take the road less travelled, but we can not ignore the biggest question – “what if?”
Playing it safe is imperative but it’ll only get you a bit far, not beyond that, not beyond your limits. Our minds are modelled to think of the worst-case scenarios. Not all risks guarantee success and the thought of rejection pushes people away from taking chances.
But still, I’d say, to live your life to the fullest, start taking more risks and do the things you fear. Get good at being uncomfortable and stop walking the path of least obstruction. Sure, there is a greater chance you will stumble when you walk the road less travelled, but that is the only way you can get anywhere.
Benefits of Taking Risks
So let’s discuss some of the benefits of taking risks.
1. It boosts Confidence
One of the most significant problems in our society is a lack of resilience among most people. Resilience is the inability to deal with hardships and lack of confidence to take action against challenges.
The only solution to this problem is the development of self-esteem, which can only be cultivated by taking risks and getting positive results. When we know that we can fail and the world won’t end, that is an incredibly empowering experience.
2. It Gives Us Hope
There is an unknown side of risk that can beat fear or give hope.
If you have no risk in your life, then tomorrow can be as banal as today. It means we can’t grow, can’t evolve, and will never make things better for ourselves than they are today.
So, it’s crucial to realize that risk is the gateway to our lives becoming something more… and that’s the onset of hope.
3. It Makes Us Fearless
The more risk you take, the more unstoppable you become. You are practically unbeatable because risk-taking has strengthened your will to keep on going no matter what!
Fear is a mental barrier that hinders many from achieving their dreams and becoming successful. But risk-takers do not feel that fear. They are simply unstoppable.
4. It Makes Us Grow
When you learn to take the risk for yourself and your dream life, you will grow, you will learn to have faith and believe in yourself.
Risk-takers don’t shoot for the moon, they shoot for the sky amidst the storm. Through that chase, they find rare opportunities that may never have been found if they had waited.
5. It Makes Us Satisfied
Most people want to play safe, they are not willing to take a risk because they are comfortable in their comfort zone. They want to grow but the fear of uncertainty hinders them.
But I feel, the greatest risk is not taking the risk. You can choose to spend the rest of your days sitting on the shore of life in complete safety or you can take some chances, dive deep into the water and discover the pearls that lie waiting for the person of true courage.
What do you think will make you more content? Diving in the sea for pearls or waiting at the seashore?
Some Worth Taking Risks
Here are some of the risks that are worth taking before you die. Treat this as your bucket list and start pursuing them, you will feel a snap growth in your life.
1. Say “No”
Though saying “yes” to things outside your comfort zone is great but the importance of saying “No” can not be ignored.
Even if you don’t know exactly why you don’t want to do something, work with a certain person, or have a specific experience—taking a risk in declining an opportunity is actually good for your mental health.
It’s time to realize that life is short and there is no time to waste on things that don’t feel good or right to you. Start with learning these effective ways to say “no” without worrying that someone will think badly of you.
2. Forgive Yourself
If you are at the ripe age of 40s and have zero regrets from past decisions—you’re truly a rare breed! Actually, I haven’t met anybody yet with zero regrets.
And if you are one of us with lots of regrets and what-ifs, move forward! Drop the guilt, shame, and would-could-should haves and forgive yourself. Accept yourself! The past is already gone, so learn to forgive others and yourself, you will feel lighter, happier, and begin to appreciate your journey.
3. Take a solo trip
This one is my favourite because this is on my bucket list too. While travelling alone will challenge your comfort zone, it will also compel you to do something you might not voluntarily do.
Give yourself a chance to rely on your own intuition. You’ll likely feel mental clarity, boosted confidence, and perhaps the realization that sometimes you need to just go with the flow.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.Jim Rohn
So start taking risks and drop every fear because we only regret the chances we don’t take. Sure, you will meet with your share of failures if you start living more deliberately and passionately. But failure is nothing more than learning how to win. If you win you will be happy, and if you lose you will be wise. Either way, it’s a win-win, so what are you waiting for?
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.T. S. Eliot
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