“A secure life does not exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller
Risk is not just part of life. It is life. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. It’s the high-anxiety zone, but it’s also where you discover who you are.
Every sky diver, paraglider, and baby Kookaburra bird knows that the first walk to the edge is scary, but they have to go there if they want to fly. Face it – every day could be your last, so it’s a roll of the dice just to get out of bed. You can’t be a winner unless you’re willing to face defeat. You can’t even stand without risking a fall.
To live, you must be willing to reach and stretch. To live well, you must learn to control the odds by knowing the upside and downside before you make a move. You can’t control everything that happens to you or around you, so focus on what you can control, assess every possibility you can assess, and then make a decision.
Sometimes your heart will tell you to take a chance even when the odds of success look bad on paper. You may fail. You may win. But you will ever look back with regret that you tried.
“Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.”
– Karl Wallenda