Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~Frederick B. Wilcox
So many people are afraid to take chances. They stay stuck in place, afraid to reach out and go after what they really want because they are afraid to move from the safety and security of their daily life. Even if they aren't happy in their daily life, they are afraid to step forward. The problem is that until you are ready to take a risk, you will stay on "first base"--stuck in place.
This week: Acknowledge to yourself what risk you need to take to move forward. Identifying it and owning up to it brings it out into the light and allows you to begin to assess just how great the risk is. Sometimes we make the risk so much worse in our imagination. In the light of day, what are you really risking? How probable is that risk? Ask yourself: What one small step can I take that will move me forward? When you are focused on what step you need to take, you can shift your focus away from the fear. Ask yourself: What am I risking by NOT taking that step? Decide to do one small thing this week that will help you take that step.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert at helping people face the fears that block them and move beyond them. Her Life Moments Makeover System allows people to let go of fear and anxiety quickly and easily. For more information, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/