Taking the risk.

One of the first lessons I learned in writing is, you can’t be afraid to write something that sucks.

Seems like a simple statement at first but when you unpack it, you find a whole world of wisdom to draw from.

It’s true, we are afraid of failure and that’s why many of us never get started. It has been a blast writing this blog and watching people around me be inspired to start writing again, travel, inspire others, and confront their fears.

But for a moment, let’s forget about talent, success, achievements, dreams, goals and opportunities you have in front of you, I want you to focus on taking the risk.

How long has it been since you’ve taken a risk? When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to do something that just isn’t in your usual repertoire?

I am going to go back to a reference point we can all relate to because it’s what we think about most likely more often than anything else, the opposite sex.

I was sitting at lunch with a buddy of mine talking about girls and we both noticed a nice looking young lady at the next table. He brought up how difficult it is to talk to girls. I said, “what are you talking about, it’s not a big deal at all!”

I leaned over to the girl and said, “hi there, how’s your day going?” and naturally we struck up a conversation.

My friend couldn’t believe what had just transpired. He then looked at me and said something that was so profound.

He said, “ You know, I think God wants us to do whatever takes the most faith.”

The truth is that for some people talking to a stranger is no big deal at all. But for that exact same person waiting and letting a relationship seed, time and harvest is a very, very difficult thing to do.

My buddy, is terrified of meeting new people, but he is extremely patient. I feel wildly comfortable meeting new people, but am very impatient.

That my friend is the point to taking the risk.

You need to find what takes the most faith for you, and do it. It’s going to be different for everybody. If you are a go getter and love to make it happen… I would suggest hanging back, being patient and casting your cares on God for a change of scenery.

If you are a much less action prone person, I would suggest hiking up your bootstraps, testing your faith, and taking action on what scares you most.

Our bodies hate pain. It’s why when we workout we have to focus on good form. Why doesn’t your body do it naturally? Because it hates the way exercise tears up your muscles and is trying to find the path of least resistance. It’s the same thing with facing a fear. You have to force yourself to do what takes the most faith.

That’s why the phrase is TAKING a risk. You have to take it, handle it, steal it, move it, believe it, stand strong in it. You have to take the risk.

Every one of us has a risk staring us right in the face at this very moment.. I want you to recognize it and ask yourself, “What is going to take the most faith to solve this situation.”

Then act… Or don’t. 🙂

The World is Yours, So take delight.

Ben