I think most will agree that it takes courage to risk, but what it means to take a flyer into the unknown will inherently vary for each of us.
For some it’s a risk to ask for what they want, to express an honest opinion, to try something new, to give their all to a job or to trust another human being. For a few, simply getting out of bed each morning and going out into the world feels like a risk.
After all, there is the ever-present fear that we may be rejected or end up appearing foolish or vulnerable, and yes, maybe even fail.
But fear is not the only thing that prevents us from challenging ourselves. In fact, there is a condition far more insidious. It creeps up on us when we least expect it, no one is immune to it, and there is no way to rid ourselves of it entirely.
It lulls you into a false sense of safety and comfort and affects your thoughts and everything you say or do. And the scariest thing of all is that most people are perfectly fine with living in this state.LIFE. It's not about getting a chance it's about TAKING a chance. Click To Tweet
The Risk of Complacency
Complacency is that place where things are okay, pretty darn good in fact. So maybe there are a few areas that could use some work, and even a few relationship struggles, but nothing bad enough to risk rocking the boat, right?
Just to be clear, complacency is completely different from contentment. When you are content you feel satisfied and at peace.
Complacency is when you see the need and opportunity to grow but choose instead to avoid challenging yourself or risking the discomfort and uncertainty of change. Opting instead to live by default rather than intention, simply taking life as it comes.
For far too many, taking the path of least resistance seemed like the best option at the moment, but sadly, only led to regret and sorrow as they came to the end of their lives, looked back, and saw with shocking clarity how few dreams and goals they had achieved as a result of the choices they did (or did not) make.
Reflections on Risk
- The world is full of people who want to play it safe, people who have tremendous potential but never use it. Somewhere deep inside them, they know that they could do more in life, be more, and have more … if only they were willing to take a few risks. ~George Foreman
- The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency. Not in doing too much, but doing too little. Not in living above our means, but below our capacity. It’s not failing, but aiming too low, that is life’s greatest tragedy. ~Benjamin E. Mays
- Risk is essential. There is no growth or inspiration to be found in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else? ~Alex Noble
- If you’re the kind of person who gives up every time life pushes you, you’ll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for something that never happens. ~Robert Kiyosaki
- Risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible. ~Author Unknown
- Life is like a dictionary, in which we’ll never find completion if we can’t find our way past comfort and complacency. ~Terry Crouson
- When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, go ahead and leap! ~Cynthia Heimel
- Complacency is man’s biggest weakness. It creeps up on us when we least expect it. ~Jay Mullings
- If you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering what might have been. ~Author Unknown
- If I had my life to live over again, I’d worry less about making mistakes and take more risks next time. I would relax. I’d be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers and watch more sunsets. I would have more actual troubles and less imaginary ones. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have a lot more of them. ~Nadine Stair (at age 92)
- You can’t play it safe your whole life and expect to reach your highest potential. You’ve got to be willing to take some risks. ~Joel Osteen
- Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. ~Author Unknown
- Take chances. A lot of them. You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel. Always be authentically you … and be okay with it. ~Author Unknown
- Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path, sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places. ~Author Unknown
- So many people live their lives at the mercy of fear. They play it safe and take no risks; and while they may end up with fewer bumps and bruises, their life is often starved of magic. And so it must be said that the person who doesn’t risk anything, risks everything. ~Teal Swan
- Being grateful for what you have doesn’t mean you have to stop thinking there might be something even better. Grateful and complacent are two different words; being grateful while striving to improve allows you to be happy every step of the way. ~Author Unknown
- Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain. ~Author Unknown
- Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you. ~Author Unknown
Ironically, avoiding risk may turn out to be your biggest gamble of all, because it means missing out on feeling fully alive and becoming all that you are meant to be. The truth is there is just so much more to life than most of us are living
- 4 Reasons You Could Be Resisting Change
- It’s Okay to Be Scared
- The Real Problem with Living Life by Defaul
Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.
About Marquita Herald
Marquita is an author, resilience coach and the chief evangelist at Emotionally Resilient Living. She’s also an unapologetic workaholic who loves red wine, rock n’ roll, road trips (and car dancing!), peanut butter cookies and (especially) a dog named Lucy.
She’s saddened and frustrated by excuses and cruelty and believes authentic compassion is the most powerful force in the world.
To learn more about Marquita and the mission of Emotionally Resilient Living click “here“.