There’s another great quote that encompasses this idea well.
“You are not where you need to be.”
We downplay our potential and possibility. It’s always someone else who is better, fitter, stronger, funnier, braver than us.
We don’t measure up.
And it’s not worth the risk.
NOT by playing it safe.
A baby tries, fails, hurts herself, gets up, tries, fails, hurts. With each iteration, the learning increases and the risk of failure decreases. But it only happens with the first step.
What if she never takes the first step?
Thankfully, babies are not ingrained with the concepts of risk, fear, or failure. We learn that through our own experiences as we grow.
But the same learning confines us. It mellows us.
Because now we KNOW the risk involved. We don’t bother with it. We take the safe option.
But you will be so much better off.
Yes, but it’s so risky.
How do you know that if you don’t try?
I’ve seen others and they’ve failed.
But you haven’t tried it.
Yes, but I don’t want to take so much risk.
You have to risk going too far if you want to find out how far you can actually go. Your true potential lies at the other end of that fear.
The fear won’t disappear. The risk won’t mitigate.
Recognise it. Accept it. And do it anyway.
There is something that you have been putting off doing (isn’t there always!).
Perhaps because it’s too much effort, or too much risk. It’s time you accepted the reality for what it is. Take a risk. Take the first step.
Write down the risk. Write down what you can do to mitigate that risk.
Now, go forth and make a move.