My friends would tell you, “she’s a risk taker.” I love challenges when it’s for a good course with a good motive behind it. But put me in a position for an hour with nothing to do then I would cry of torture. For me, creativity is what brings about the risk and I would graciously dive into it – as long as God is involved. I call that a calculated risk. Some of us are so scared of failure that we have become addicted to our comfort zone, be it in a relationship, work, etc. Some people are just okay with less, so far it’s within the sphere of their comfort zone.
I’m not saying we should jump blindly into doing something, but I’m saying maybe we have been too cautious that we end up missing out on the great opportunities. Earlier, I read an article that stated, “our risk taking ancestors were survivals.” You see, one thing about taking risk is that it is essential for development. It builds us up, it builds our confidence and helps us break down walls of fear. A professor said that in order to grow, we need to experience challenges, whether we are age 4, 14, or 40.
I want you to know that taking chances is very important for anyone who wants to be emotionally resilient, confident, happy and engaged with life. Everyday, do one thing that has always placed itself as a challenge before you. Let’s look at a baby who is old enough to start walking, if the baby tries the first time and falls down, then he stops trying, well, the baby would have to enjoy crawling for years until he or she is ready to take up the challenge again.
“The best learning happens just beyond our comfort zone” – Ungar. After you’ve taken chances, what you get is a sense of satisfaction that comes from trying something new and proving you’re up to the task. So friend, just because no one around you has tried something out, or has succeeded in a particular adventure doesn’t mean you will fail at it. You have to go out of that zone and surprise yourself by doing something extraordinarily good!