Risk What You Know: Begin NowNovember 6, 2014

Life gives you signals and urgings that come in as whispers. Lately, it has been asking me to take more risks.

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”    – Paulo Coelho

As I have been contemplating the next project to pursue in the month of November, I realize that I need to choose a way of being rather than a project. I need to take more heart-felt risks in my life.

I had this overwhelming surge of emotions today. I am not sure what exactly caused it but know it has been building momentum this last week, maybe since this month began.

These emotions are linked to the strong desire for a catalyst, wanting to bring about spontaneous energy and shake up the routine of my life with the hope that this rattling will break open to the essence of something beyond the mundane.

Lately, I have taken some leaps of faith that have transformed my experience of life. Acts of joy inspires more joy, so I want to let this spill over into more areas of my life.

I don’t want my current circumstances to dictate my life. Instead, I am letting my heart start dictating the life that is waiting to unfold.

We all know that to achieve great things in this life, we need to take great risks. I have witnessed this and felt it deep within my bones. But there is so much fear in taking risks, and for myself, this is not as much a fear of the unknown but a fear of letting go of the familiar. Routine and schedule is what we know, and this means it is predictable and safe.

Even if we do not like the same road we take to work, we know the potholes, the travel time, distance and the markers along the way. It is harder to choose another road vs. taking the familiar road and complaining about it all the time. But complacency will only breed more discontent.

This month, I want to share some of the risks I have taken recently and attract new ones along the way. I am excited, unsure and unsteady, but that is how all beginnings happen. These are the markings of a beginner, so I will begin again.

“The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.”     – Paulo Coelho

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