Risk

DSC_0455Potential for suffering harm, loss or danger; assessment of potential loss in exchange for expected gain

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. H Jackson Browne

Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F Kennedy

 If no one had ever taken any risks we would probably still be in caves. The “risk takers” are largely responsible for the advancements of mankind. Unless someone takes a risk, “status quo” is where we are and is where we will stay; “dead in the water”, stationary, no movement forward. The winds of change stay idle and nothing changes.

If we are to grow, advance and to continue to become something more than we currently are, there has to be some understanding and commitment to the value of risk taking. We have all successfully taken risks or there would be no advancements in our lives. When we were toddlers, we instinctively risked learning to walk; a little older, we risked learning to ride a bike, and yet a little older yet, we risked learning to drive a car. If we are here today, we have successfully survived all of these risk taking events. Had we not taken these risks, and failed to learn to walk, ride a bike, or drive a car; our life would be significantly less and even impaired.

Why do the majority of us lose our inclination for risk taking? When we get though school, married, employed, settled in a home and are raising a family; our willingness to take risks largely disappears. Part of the reason is due to responsibilities, debts, and dependents. Unconsciously we have determined significant risks are unwarranted due to all we have at stake. In some respects, when we stop taking risks our learning curve for growth also takes a nose dive. We are faced with becoming stagnant and complacent.

There are all kinds of risks. They have to be measured and weighed, assessing possible consequences versus possible rewards. We should never take foolish and unwarranted risks. Risks have to be assessed and decisions made. Anytime, we venture outside our Comfort Zone we take a risk. We do not know what is out there. In extreme cases, there can be danger and harm. More times than not, risk taking is merely getting out of our Comfort Zone and risking ourselves to new experiences and opportunities; increased learning and awareness; and new skills and abilities. If we are not “risking” we are stunting our growth. It is like growing gardening without fertilizer. The fruits of our efforts will be greatly reduced. We need to use some risk as a fertilizer for growth.

Challenge: What is your propensity for taking risks?  What are you presently doing that involves escaping from your comfort zone and taking a risk in order to grow? Are you bogged down with responsibilities and demands? Are the consequences of risk taking too great? What are you yearning to do but have been holding back? Now may be the right time to take a risk and venture out. Get your toes wet, then your feet, and then jump in. Grow yourself.

Wisdom:  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Eph 2:8

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Life entails risk. Without risk, pain, trials and tribulations; we do not grow. We have within us seeds of potential that have helped us become significantly more than what we were at birth, at adolescence, and at young adulthood. Even now we have the potential to become more than we are at this moment. Seeds have to be planted to grow and flourish. The absolute best way to be more successful at life is to seek God’s help in all that we do going forward.

Prayer:  Thank You for my many blessings. Thank You for all that You do for me. Help me let go and let You.

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