Making Peace with Risk

20130106-073414.jpg“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Risk unsettles the neat world we construct for ourselves, rapidly destroying boxes and firm categories. Instantaneously our stomachs knot, arms tighten, and the inner voice of doubt emerges: “Who do you think you are?” “You can’t!” “You don’t have enough education, connections, etc.”

When those voices arise, as they will, we must respond with affirmations such as “I am worth the life I seek.” Tape these phrases onto your mirror, dashboard, or wallet; surround yourself with words of courage and hope to help you transcend stagnation. Mediate, pray, seek God’s guidance, and then listen quietly.

Ultimately, the inner battle with doubt is an immense gift as it propels us into a new consciousness, one which simultaneously sits with trepidation, and walks through it.

It’s uncommon effort, this risk taking, making peace with misery is infinitely easier. Yet each time we refuse mediocrity we walk into liberation, and a world imbued with promise.

What risk (s) do you want to take? How will you push past fear – prayer, mediation, affirmations, etc.?

Further Study:
Dr. Wayne Dyer, an inspirational writer, teacher and speaker

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