Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk. ~Jack Gibb
When was the last time you did something out of your comfort zone and it turned out to be a good thing? We can spend so much time in fear, that all that thinking and avoiding takes us away from taking risks. And taking risks and having them pay off, results in more confidence–that feeling like “I can do this!”
What if you take a risk and you “fail?” Well, that’s probably the unconscious question going around in your head if you fail to take a lot of risks (“I can’t do this. What if I fail? I might make a fool of myself.”). So, what if you don’t get the results you anticipated? What if you fall flat on your face and “fail?” I put the word fail in quotes because there is no such thing as failure–it’s all learning opportunities. Some people call failure feedback. It’s when you let it hold you back or you attach personal judgments to it that it can be a detriment to your spirit.
When was the last time you took a risk? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? When was the last time you went after change instead of allowing it to happen to you? Didn’t it feel good? Didn’t you feel like you could take on the world or think, “Why didn’t I do this earlier?” Taking risks–it’s how we learn and grow. Stagnation keeps us stuck.
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