We can’t change our lives without changing our self.
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Quite often, when I look out my bedroom window I see a squirrel jumping from the branch of one tree to the branch of another. I say out loud “you just like taking risks, don’t you?” To me, a squirrel jumping from one branch to another equates to bungee jumping in my world. However, I imagine that to a squirrel, it is all in a normal day. Not a risk at all because that is what it is comfortable doing.
When I first started in business, some of the risks I took created great angst in me. I would dwell on them, prepare for them and excitedly report to my family when complete. As you attempt more things out of your comfort zone risks become less – risky.
My daughter gave me a book titled Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You. She bought one for us both the day we moved her to California from Minnesota for college. This journal requires you to fill in the event that you initiated and date it. I love this idea because it pushes you to strive for more in life. Note: if you don’t utilize it, the title stares at you, saying “what are you doing today?”
For me, after years of intentionally taking risks, it is less often I find something that scares me. Yet I do occasionally fill in a blank. This is good news because the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The more tough phone calls; the more vulnerability you show; the more chances with money – the more bridges you jump off of with only a rubber band pulling you back…
If we’re not doing something that takes us out of our comfort zone then we’re not growing. If we’re not growing, we’re not learning and if we’re not learning, then why are we here?
It matters not where you live; what your education is; how much money you have; what your childhood was like; (fill in your own explanation). Try something that gets you scared. Today is as good a day as any.