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The Courage To Take A Risk

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Risk isn’t something most people are comfortable with.  Generally the word risk is associated with “failure” which only views a negative outcome.  However there are many benefits to taking a calculated risk.  There is no doubt that it takes courage to take a risk of any kind, but more often than not the risk is worth the reward.  Here are some risks that can impact your life in a powerful way, if you have the courage to begin



Risk being unusual:  Things that are usual and commonplace tend to be taken for granted and don’t make a big impact.  It takes courage to go against the crowd and prevailing attitudes, ideas and themes of the day.  You might be going against the grain, but you might just be ahead of the curve!  And those who are courageous enough to risk being unusual are often hailed as brilliant and innovative.

Risk being authentic:  Authenticity is a popular word these days, but it takes a lot of courage to be authentic, knowing that some people won’t get what you’re about and won’t support you.  However those who are truly authentic are a breath of fresh air.  When you are willing to risk real authenticity, you’ll make room for others to be authentic with you and that is where real relationship happens.

Risk being uncomfortable:  The best calculated risk could still have a degree of uncertainty that is uncomfortable.  Even nervous excitement can be a tad uncomfortable.  But, the more you get used to stepping out and taking a risk, the more tolerance you’ll develop for the unknown.  The key is to treat the risk as a learning opportunity and give yourself permission to fail, with the understanding that you’ll take away insights that wouldn’t be gained any other way.

Spiritual Perspective:  Matthew 14:29* sums up courage to take a risk best, “Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.”  People often talk about Peter using the phrase “Oh ye of little faith” due to the fact that he became fearful and began to sink.  However, I like to look at the fact that Peter was the only person willing to risk getting out of the boat in the first place!  In fact it was his idea for Jesus to call him out to meet him on the water, which took a great deal of courage. Peter’s momentary success was significantly more than any of the other men experienced by staying in the boat.

If you’ve got the courage to take a risk and pursue your God-size dreams, I’m here to support you!  As a life coach I work with people who desire to live life on purpose and pursue their dreams.  To find out how, simply click here!

Truth For Your Life:  Has your boat been grounded by fear of taking a risk and trying something new?  What one small act of courage could you risk taking that might change the trajectory of your life in an amazing way?  What are some risks you have taken in the past, and how have they benefited you?

*Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

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