June 9, 2007.
"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks."
SAFETY FIRST. How many times have we heard this phrase over the years? Now I will quickly concede that safety certainly does have it place. After all, exercising a great deal of caution when youre behind the wheel of a car or out on a boat makes a great deal of sense. But a safety first attitude when it comes to living can leave a lot to be desired. A whole lot as a matter of fact.
Many of us have grown up with people all around us repeatedly urging us to play it safe and not take chances. If you listen closely to these folks, youd think that risk-taking is the most perilous activity ever invented. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, way too many people completely buy into this nonsense hook, line and sinker. Or should I say 'stinker'?
"The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all."
Let's face it; very few people ever accomplish much of anything at all without taking some risks. Oh sure, playing it safe may keep you 'out of trouble' so to speak, but it also keeps you from achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams as well.
The only way to see how far you can go is to; well... see how far you can go. That means pushing yourself and pushing the envelope as well, pushing through the fears, doubts and uncertainties that have held you back in the past. And like it or not, that's going to require rolling the dice on occasion.
In order to get where you have always dreamed of going, youre going to have to do more a lot than you than you done in the past. By shedding the safety first approach for a swashbuckling, river boat gambler mentality, where you take the risks that are worth taking, you'll be able to go farther than you ever thought possible and even farther still.
"Take chances. When rowing forward, the boat may rock."
What do you want to achieve in your lifetime? What kind of big time dreams and aspirations do you hold in your heart? Can you picture them in your mind; can you feel them down in your soul? Of course you can! But can you ever accomplish all those magnificent, marvelous, magical things you want to have, hold and experience by holding back and playing it safe? Not a chance!
Youre going to have to cut loose and let it rip, throwing caution to the wind every now and again. So what if you get knocked down? It's no big deal. After all, youre going to get knocked down whether you take some chances or not. That's just the way life is and will always be. So why not take some chances, take your licks and see where it a more daring attitude can take you?
"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on."
Whenever and wherever you get banged and bopped around, just remember to get up, get better and get going again. The best of the very best did exactly that - time after time after time. These top achievers had the toughness and tenacity to overcome each and every obstacle in their path, literally failing their way to the top of the heap. They simply dared to go where those around them never ventured.
How about you? Is your life's present direction taking you where you have always dreamed of going? Could your life get better, maybe a whole lot better? And finally, are you willing to put your best to the test and see how good your life can get?
Instead of playing it safe and watching the risk takers have all the fun, isnt it high time that you joined the action and had the time of your life as well? You'll never really know how much you can do until you cut loose and let it rip. Give life your very best shot and life will give back everything you've ever dreamed of and more.
The Bottom Line: Safety smafety. Why play it safe when you can play life at full throttle?
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