It’s all about perspective. Helen Keller said, Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” It’s not just how you look at life, but how do you look at YOUR life. Are you continually afraid and fearful of trying anything new? Are you afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Have your hurts caused you to draw back? Are your past failures keeping you from moving forward? Such are the many contemplations we deal with as we traverse down the road of life. But let me say this…you will never get anywhere in life with taking risks. If you think about it, just getting out of bed in the morning is a risk. You could slip and fall, bang your head, and get a horrific injury. Though I am not sure of the statistics on such events, I do know the risks are there. Simply put, life is about risks and if we allow ourselves to be swallowed up in fear by what could or couldn’t happen then our lives will be lived way below their potential.
We are all given one shot at this thing called life and if we can get the right perspective about life, then we can truly live this life with the power I believe God intended us to have in this life. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about having an attitude to take risks to do evil, but I am talking about risks of stepping out of your comfort zone of doing nothing because it is safer. Let’s get it straight right now, there is no getting around it, living this life IS risky business! We must stop thinking there is no such thing as success without taking a risk. If we really want to reach our goals, then we must be willing to take risks, which means taking a leap of faith into the unknown darkness that envelops our comfort zones. As Les Brown said, “I would rather aim high and miss than aim low and hit.”
So many of us are stuck so deep in the quagmire of our fears that we have lost sight of our dreams. The fear of failure, the fear of rejection, or even the fear of success has us stranded in the nightmare of fear’s own delusional muck. It’s time to put fear in its proper place, and that place is behind your leap into a better future. We need to create a new definition of fear that is no longer coupled with the word failure. Failure is not the end of the world as much as it is the beginning of more things learned. Sure the possibility exist that you could leap and end up failing, but what if you don’t fail? What if your leap forward actually opens up doors you never knew existed? I am reminded of a story about Thomas Edison and his pursuit of finding a filament for the electric light bulb. After using over one thousand items that did not work, Mr. Edison finally found a carbon filament which did not burn out and would allow the electrical current to pass through it without burning out. It wasn’t long before someone walked up to him and asked him how he felt after failing over a thousand times. Thomas Edison quickly corrected him and said he had not failed at all, but he had found one thousand things that did not work. You see, failing is not failure. It may be risky business to step up and out of your comfort zone but with every step, you will learn and without a doubt you will grow. So why not take the leap, and believe me when I tell you, it’s worth the risk!