“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”. – Theodore Roosevelt
This is a guest-post by Peter G. James Sinclair of MotivationalMemo.
Safety is defined by perspective.
What you see as safe may appear to be dangerous to another.
Safety is also defined by experience.
If you have traversed a certain path and achieved success, you are in a more confident position to repeat the process than if you had never tried before.
In the reverse arena of unsafe, the same observations apply.
But the fact is, that if we never push out from the shore, never venture far into the jungles, never dare to climb the mountain; we will never ever know the possibilities.
This is why we as explorers of our own potential must take a step into unsafe territories, or else we will be labeled mediocre and ordinary.
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t born for that.
You and I were born for significance and for all things extraordinary.
So allow me to show you how you can still make unsafe decisions and yet soar.
1. Refuse To Play Safe
To play safe is to always play by the rules, to always do as told, follow as led, and perform as instructed.
Sorry, but I’ve always had somewhat of an aversion to rules, and somewhat of the rebel brewing below the surface.
That’s why I grew my hair long as a teenager.
That’s why I persisted with my piano education throughout my teenage years.
That’s why I didn’t take up smoking like many of my peers.
That’s why I didn’t experiment with drugs. That’s why I have always professed my faith openly.
That’s why I went into business while others landed the job.
That’s why I only follow leaders who are leading me somewhere.
That’s why I vote the way I vote.
That’s why I lead the life I live.
That’s why I start impossible ventures with no skills in the industries I choose, but rather believe in my belief that I will and can achieve.
I refuse to play safe, and I encourage you to do the same.
2. Get Uncomfortable
When I am uncomfortable, that’s when I get creative.
Comfort is for those who want to rest a while. Uncomfort – I just made up that word – is for those who want to reach further, stretch farther, and go far beyond their capabilities and possibilities.
I love it when I get out of my depth – because then I must learn to either swim or attach myself to a vessel that will carry me all the way to my dreams.
I love the smell of fire. With smoke in my nostrils it creates an environment requiring solutions. Problems? Love them.
Here is another chance for magnificence to be unveiled.
3. Risk Failure
Whenever I ran on to the field as a young man to play a sport, there was the possibility of one of two results; win or loss.
Did that stop me from playing?
If we ever lost a game, we would simply return to practice the coming week to improve our skills, so that we were better positioned to win the next time we played.
To live is to risk failure. To start a business is to risk failure. To write a blog is to risk failure. To get married and have children is to risk failure.
But why do we fear failure so much?
Fail more, and you will place yourself in a wonderful arena where winning will be your portion.
4. Dance With Danger
The reason I use the word dance is to signify that we should have fun in the process.
I love dancing with my wife, and after being married for nearly three decades I often find myself dancing with her in the kitchen more than often.
Treat danger with the same respect, but dance with her.
For in dancing with a partner I am always the one taking the lead, guiding the movement of the steps and the direction of the waltz.
So when you dance with danger, take charge and guide her where you wish to go, and the results you want as a direct result of the dance.
Directed danger will lead to construction, while misdirected danger will lead to destruction.
And whatever you do, don’t run from danger.
For those who engage danger and refuse to yield to the spirit of fear that is often associated with the D word will not fail, but will in fact soar.
What unsafe decisions are you about to make this week?
Motivational Memo: Face danger fearlessly and embrace your destiny.
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About Guest Author: Peter G. James Sinclair is in the ‘heart to heart’ resuscitation business and inspires, motivates and equips others to be all that they’ve been created to become.
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