Risk and Dreams Go Hand in Hand

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Risk. What comes to mind when you see that word?

Does the idea of risk fill you with fear? Perhaps you associate risk with the board game of the same name. As I think about 2013 and what I hope to accomplish, I think back to the premise of Sam’s Dream Blog. "No dream is too big or unreachable. You just have to start somewhere." One of the most important initial steps is to be honest about what scares you. After that’s determined, it’s time to take the next step(s) toward that fear.

If I had no fear, what would I do? I’d keep going straight ahead. It’s been said fear stands for false evidence appearing real, so what am I waiting for?  Meanwhile, it’s important to realize that my path, my dreams, my priorities and my fears aren’t the same as the next person’s. Might as well stop comparing and scrutinizing what they are doing right now so I’m all the more free to go for it!

How about, starting today, you scratch the usual R-word associated with New Year’s "Resolutions" and instead substitute it or at least insert a new R-word, "Risk " beside it? Here are five risky ideas I’m pondering this Jan 1.

1. Helen Keller said, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." May I remind you Helen Keller was blind? I can’t imagine the risks she encountered daily.

2. Kids are something else, aren’t they? They’re pretty convinced they can do anything. No one is going to stand in their way. They seize what they believe in. Hmm. Is it possible they know something we don’t? Perhaps it’s time to be childlike again. Notice I didn’t say "childish."

3. Here’s another thought about kids. It doesn’t take them very long to rack up bumps and bruises. Does that stop them from going after their dreams? Of course not. If anything, scrapes only strengthen a child’s resolve to run after their dreams. They don’t want to wait for the bandages to resume the chase. Neither should we.

4. Risk-taking shows a person, young or old, male or female, a lot about identity and ability. Simply, you don’t know if you don’t try.

5. Successful risk-taking doesn’t mean being stupid. The best risks are those where the potential reward outweighs the potential setback.

What about the risks you aren’t sure about, except for the fact you would forever regret not taking them? Sounds like you would be silly not to take those risks, as long you keep Sir Richard Branson’s perspective in mind: Every risk is worth taking as long as it's for a good cause, and contributes to a good life.

Here’s a bonus to think about: Is there some thought that you frequently find yourself pondering or talking about? Something that excites you? That sounds like a passion to me. The question is, what risks are you taking in your passion pursuit? How should that change in 2013?

*Thanks to Allison Damery for the photo