"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Even the tiniest things can prove difficult. We question ourselves more than we should. (Or do we?) In a work environment, even something so small as asking someone to change how they perform a task, or even how they speak to others, can be scary.
Taking a risk to gain potential success, or learn something we have no idea can exist, is just that -- a risk. Risks don’t yield any guarantees. They do, on the other hand, yield the possibility for learning, for experience, and for growth.
Sometimes, it feels as though we have a constant whirlwind of things going on in our lives, and that taking a chance on a dream or perhaps an instinct might throw us off track or mess up our mojo.
Thus, we might instinctually fear taking a risk, especially if it means leaving our ever so coveted comfort zone. But alas, sometimes the best possible thing we can do for ourselves is to do the thing we think we cannot do, as Roosevelt says.
“If you live through defeat, you’re not defeated. If you are beaten but acquire wisdom, you have won. Lose yourself to improve yourself. Only when we shed all self-definition, do we find who we really are.”