I thought I was good at it.
Taking risks, I mean. I’ve certainly faced some fears (see my This Is Me page) and taking risks? Not a problem. Except this week…
The fear of an event is nearly always worse than the actuality, so I’ve read. I believe it’s true but I have to force myself to act on it sometimes.
I remember the waterfall in the Lake District.
The roar of the torrent, the spray everywhere, the sheer height. I was overawed by it but somehow we had to cross over to the other side or else turn back. I stood and stared, fear fluttering in my chest.
As I stood there getting more and more scared, my attention was caught by a child in a red jacket, and his dog. He was running along, in front of his dad, clambering up the grassy path towards me, heading for the edge of the water fall. Then he disappeared from view and I assumed the path cotinued through the gorse bushes at the side.
I was still wondering whether we should turn back and take a different track, when there he was, on the other side of the waterfall, his red coat zig-zagging away and his dog following.
His dad was close by where I stood.
‘He’s crossed over! How on earth has he done it? Surely it’s too risky!’
‘We often come this way. If you go round the corner you’ll see the stepping stones! They’re slippery but it’s OK to cross if you take care!’
This week I’m taking a ‘risk’ with my blog.
I’ve decided to update this site and move on to the next stage of blogging.
Here’s how it’s going so far:
- I decided I want to make the change.
Making the decision to make any change is often the easiest part. It’s only in your mind at this stage. No risk yet.
Writing it down can make it more real, so long as you don’t tell anyone, then you can still ‘turn round and go back’.
I did exactly this: I wrote down my plans to up-grade, but kept it to myself.
- You seek support
If you’re scared to take the risk by yourself, look for someone to guide you.
Want to change career? Travel alone? Learn to ski? Write a novel? Talk to those who’ve’ been there, done it and got the t-shirt.’ I love this Danish Proverb: ‘He knows the water best who has waded in it.’
I did exactly this: One of my blogging friends, Arvind Devalia has indeed ‘been there, done it…’ and he is a consultant in this area. He will guide me through the whole process and I need have no fear.
- What if?
Yes! I said it.
What if… I can’t manage the change?
OK, but what if I can, with Arvind’s expert help?
There’s always another way, just like the stepping stones that were hidden from our view that day. When we want to make a change or take a risk, it seems scary at first. But once you’ve thought it through, decided, and found support you’ll be so glad you did.
And, by the way, the view from the other side of the waterfall was stunning…
‘Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.’
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now it’s your turn.
What will you risk for the first time, this week ?
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