If there’s a principle you mostly need in 2016 to permit you reach the desired high you didn’t reach in 2015, it should be risk-taking.
There is a tale that when Man first saw the Camel, he was so frightened at his vast size that he ran away. After a time as he took the risk to draw closer, he perceived the meekness and gentleness of the beast’s temper; he then took another risk to approach him. Soon afterwards, observing that he was an animal altogether deficient in spirit, he assumed such boldness as to put a bridle in his mouth, and to let a child drive him. Any challenge of your destiny, first appears like a huge camel. But the more you take the risk to tackle it, the more you realize that it is possible. Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus who challenged the rages and waves of the sea to discover the American continent, once said: “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. To succeed with our destinies, we should also take some risk. Risk comes just after courage because the work that courage starts, risk-taking continues. Risk and courage are twin sisters; but just like with twins, one comes out of the womb before the other. Courage comes before risking, but risking must follow immediately.
The story of Esther going to meet king xerxes wonderfully illustrates necessary risk taking. In his book, The Millionaire mindset, Robert Gerry gives a report to support the need of taking risks in life. According to him, Dr. Anthony Campolo, Professor of Sociology at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, shared the results of a survey where 50 people of 95 years and older were asked: “If you could live your life over what would you do differently?” According to Roberts,
These old folks said that if they could live their lives over they would: 1. Reflect more. These seniors said they would take the time to think about what was going on and live their lives along well thought out priorities. They would contemplate the meaning of life, family, work and much more. 2. Risk more. These wonderful people said that they would take more chances in life. If they could re-live their lives, they wouldn’t be so scared to take risks. They would develop more courage to venture out of their comfort zones. 3- Do things that would out-last them. They wanted to know their lives counted for some things that long after they left this world their impact would somehow live on. We all can learn something from these people about setting goals. Consider what they said as you set the course for your life.
To fully fulfill your vision, be willing to take some risk. To take Risk simply means to engage in actions which outcome are not certain; Actions with disappointing potentials. Risk is the possibility that an event will occur and adversely affect the achievement of objectives.
There are some things that you will never be ready to do for God. There are some heights that you will not be able to reach in your life except by serious risk-taking. Risk-taking is the attitude that makes the difference between the big and the very big. Those who are ready to go the extra mile very often do things that the rest cannot do. “Bear risk and grow rich, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
Most of the time risk taking that affect destinies, are conscious actions, wherein you properly calculate the cost. Esther was fully aware of the eventual consequences of her actions. Successful people are often aware of the potential negative outcomes of their actions but go ahead to take the risk because at the moment, risking is the only way out, more especially if the action is in line to help them fulfill their destiny.
When someone invests 10 million in a business it is a great risk, because the money may get loss, but if he doesn’t take that risk, he cannot expect any great income too. For a person to try to create a new commodity is a risk because he can fail in the trial. But the good news is all those who risk, always reap a positive result. Most of the time they are surprised by the positive outcome of their action. To be successful, challenge your old belief and risk some failures and disappointments. Don’t take care success requires that you take a chance. People who take care can never reach the top. If you never try anything you will surely never fail, but you will also never succeed.
“But risk must be taken, the person who risk nothing does nothing has nothing and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.” You will not win if you do not risk. Winning at times calls for risk taking. Without risking you cannot attempt any new thing. To develop a new skill or reach a meaningful target you must be committed to doing what it takes to get there. That commitment is a serious risk because you are never sure of the outcome but still that risk must be taken. It is only by risking that we can learn and grow. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Make a decision to take reasonable, responsible risks.
If you never try you will never succeed. Failing to take risks is less rewarding; it is often easy but less rewarding to stay in a comfort zone. Break out of that comfort zone and you will be rewarded for it. Take risk and you can achieve greatly. Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. Better to do something imperfectly than do nothing perfectly. It can be uncomfortable to try something new, perhaps even scary, but still you have to suffer some pain before having the gain.
God bless you