Be a Risk-Taker, Not a Caretaker
Our capacity for taking risks is what often sets us apart in leadership as in life. Here are the normal stages of progress in leadership and in life:
- You risk, try and fight. You scale the mountains of great dreams!
- You make gains.
- You focus on maintaining your gains.
- You stop risking. You stop punching through the walls of the impossible!
- You start fading and declining.
You see this clearly in businesses and in corporations. When they start, they are aggressive. They are taking risks with their capital, proposing bold ideas and making gutsy initiatives. That is until they succeed… then, they stop.
They get afraid to lose what they’ve gained. They go into a phase of just trying to protect their gains…risk-taking stops! No more daring. No more boldness or courage.
Whether it’s your organization, your team or your life – relaxing and not taking risks usually means declining. The minute we become comfortable with the idea of just being the caretaker of our gains, it is that very minute that our decline begins.
So, where are you now in your life?
What options are before you now? Which one is the safest and which one raises your blood pressure and heart rate a little – the riskier option?
Which one have you chosen?
If your life is going to be full of passion and effectiveness, never stop taking risks and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Enter 2013 with a vibrant commitment – regardless how old you are, how much you’ve done and how much you know – take your life, your team and your organization on a journey of calculated but bold journeys!
Dare to do the impossible and reach for the improbable!
I challenge you to refuse to submit to fear.
Be a risk-taker of your life, not a caretaker of your gains!
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