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Monday, November 8, 2010

You Have to Take a Chance

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/


Anonymous said...

Your post reminded me of a client who defined his procrastination as "over-anticipation." When I asked him what this meant, he said, "When I think about something unpleasant that I have to do, it scares me so bad that I freeze in the present moment."
Thanks for your post,

gregg said...

Action breeds opportunities....the only way to really find out is to eventually leap.
Thanks Linda

Sue said...

Risk taking is something I worry about a LOT! Not in terms of taking risks, I can do that. I worry in terms of others not taking enough risks, playing it "safe and perfect." Live is not "safe and perfect" no matter how little risk we take.
Sue P.

Linda Pucci, PhD said...

I always think about having to let go of the trapeze in order to keep from just swinging back and forth. Eventually you just have to take the risk and let go!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow! Outstanding and timely advice Linda. First of all I love the quote. Secondly, I have an upcoming strategic planning session for my business next Tuesday. I'll be thinking about the run toward second!

Sandy Rees said...

Being willing to take risks is one thing. Actually stepping out in faith is another. I'm at that space of trying to uplevel many things in my life and I'm staying on the edge of faith. Not always easy!

Sandy Rees