The comforts of habit are easy to understand. We have conditioned control and know what the probable outcomes will be based on past experiences. A slight deviation from habit, although uncomfortable, is still usually manageable. To completely step out of our comfort zone, however, takes courage and commitment.
The amount of risk one is willing to take is solely dependent on the individual. Those flirting with the edges of their comfort zone on a regular basis will be more willing to push their boundaries. Those focused directly in the middle of their comfort zone will obviously have a more difficult time pushing past their boundaries. A rare few constantly live beyond the boundaries of their comfort zone. These individuals earn the right to be called risk takers.
The mantra of risk takers is “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” If self-contentment is enough, read no further…
If you are still reading, I am urging you to take more risks. If you are caught in a dilemma at the present moment, do not let the fear of failure deter you. Push the limits of your comfort zone. Discover a whole new world that has been there all along, but you were too afraid to see. The enjoyment you get out of a lifetime does not have to be limited. Why not try to experience more? Building self-confidence begins by taking one small step in an uncomfortable direction. The journey originates with a first step. The further you venture, the more you will see and experience-the more you will truly live. Focus on meeting your individual goals. Be a fire-starter. Light the abyss. Those, who observe the outcome of your journeys, will be motivated to embark on their own.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Life is too short to spend time and energy mired in idle. Go out and do something that you have always wanted to do, but were too afraid to try. If you keep saying no to your inner desires, they will eventually dull. They will go dark and become nonexistent. Procrastination limits your abilities to improve yourself. There is no better time than the present to take on the challenge. Change the way you answer your internal questions. Instead of saying, “No,” say, “YES, I can do that.” Go for it! Become a risk taker. You will be very happy you did so. If you do not believe me, let the ramifications of your newfound adventures speak for themselves.