One of my life’s biggest nudges came over 30 years ago when I read David Viscott’s book, “Risking.”It was about facing crucial choices head-on. It was just the nudge I needed when I was afraid of taking a big leap forward.We all have those times when we have to face “the inner fear of failure.” Usually it is rooted in some fear of perceived loss…of love, of control, of security, of esteem. So, what’s the worst thing that could happen if I forged ahead? (That was the question!)
Crucial life decisions involve risk—they are like having a point of no return—when retreat is not possible.Using an extended metaphor of cars passing on a two-lane-road, the point of no return is when YOU, the driver, are the one who has pulled out and are starting to pass the car in front of you—you hit the point of no return—and you have no choice but to accelerate, sound your horn and create the new place for yourself.
We can change the course of our lives at any time—no matter what our circumstances (if we want to). We can pull out and pass! Did I just hear you blow your horn? Did I just notice that you’ve accelerated to a new place? You’re just one choice away from changing your life, or some circumstance about your life. Yes, life is constant change, continual metamorphosis, and “risking that next move forward.”Go for it! Lights On!
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