Why You Should Take Risks If You Fear Your Dream

Dreams require that you take risks.

One of my favorite leadership quotes was said by ex pro football player Jim McMahon.

“Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.”

There is a ton of psychology research on risk taking that shows that as we get older and have life experiences, it’s easier to stay with what we know – even if it’s horrible – than to take risks and put ourselves in the ‘unknown’.

Maybe it’s why we procrastinate when there are deadlines.
We know what it’s like to work under pressure — and even though it’s not ideal it’s worked for us before. So we wait.

Maybe it’s why we compromise and stay in unhealthy relationships. 
Even if it’s not what we want, at least it’s familiar and predictable.  So we stay.

Maybe it’s why we hold ourselves back on the path to accomplishing our dreams. 
We are comfortable where we are, and realize the amount of energy or risk it will take to go to the next level — and we find a way to talk ourselves out of it.

When I get stuck in my dream progress, I often think about my dream mentors.

These are people who I know and trust. They are strong and wise, and have lots of experience with risk taking.

They have found a way to see “the unknown” as a resource – not an obstacle.  The unknown for them is an opportunity.  They may still have fear or resistance, but they acknowledge the fear, put it aside, and move forward anyway.

Are they always right?  No.  Do they make mistakes?  Yes.

Do they move farther along their path as a result of their risk taking?

Absolutely.

One of my mentors recently said to me,

If we always did what was known, there would be nothing to learn, explore or gain.  Isn’t it the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns that give meaning to our journey and make our dreams happen?  Without risk, we’d stay hunkered down in our heads instead of living out loud in our hearts.”

On my path to becoming a top photographer I’m at a place right now where I have to take some risks — I’ll have to travel down paths I’m not familiar with, and embrace the unknown a lot.

My instinctive response would be to wait around for all the information to show itself  first – But I’m telling myself now, I just need to take action.

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than others, so you have more changes to learn and win”.  John Holt

How has the unknown kept you stuck in your dream progress?

How would you have to change your thinking to embrace the unknowns on your dream path, and think about risks as possibilities – not danger?

Post a comment and let us know!

Until next photo,

Rem

Remy’s dream is to have public showings of her photography and sell her work.

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  • Lisa Powell, author

    OK Remy I LOVE THIS:

    “If we always did what was known, there would be nothing to learn, explore or gain. Isn’t it the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns that give meaning to our journey and make our dreams happen? Without risk, we’d stay hunkered down in our heads instead of living out loud in our hearts.”

    Can you name this mentor so I can quote them with credit on Facebook? What an awesome quote!!!! everyone needs to see this!

    FABULOUS post, great timing for me as I take some more new, big risks in my own life… Good ones! Always! let’s see what life brings next! :)

    Love,
    Lis

  • Laurie

    Great info, my favorite along these lines is
    The greatest risk is taking no risk at all.
    The inspiration video Cat posted was so awesome. Such good tips on what to focus on for yourself and your kids.
    Big risk is where it’s at!!
    L

  • Hi –

    I always believe to take a risk in my life. I believe to break my comfort zone to achieve what I don’t have – I left my job where I was nothing to do some experimental and creative – people told me – you are mistaking but I was aware if I don’t do now – will never happen again – so, believe in your quality – it is the thing, what will you have to know.

    Thanks for the post

    • Remy G

      Tarun, thank YOU for your comments – “If I didn’t do it now, It will never happen again” is such spine tingler for me. I”ve felt that sometimes, and whether its risk or just instinct, I’ve told myself that I just wanna say yes to the things that feel right, things that contribute to my dream…the logic questions of “well, do I get paid” or “is that worth my time” seem to pop in but don’t ultimately make the choice. I’m finding that I”m getting to do a few cool things that I normally wouldn’t do if logic like that were applied…and I’m hoping in the end it makes for an awesome dream accomplishment.

      Thanks again for your comments. Rem

      • It was my pleasure to read such a great post..

        thanks

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  • Heather won’t let me get stuck LOL!

    But I think I was stuck for so long that my back was pushed up so hard against the wall that I couldn’t let fear stand in my way. Just feel the fear and do it anyway.

    It’s interesting to see when you put yourself out there the loving support that shows up to greet you – in your friends, family,and even strangers. And it’s interesting to see the people who don’t show up . . .

    Love the photo –

    cath

    • Remy G

      just feel the fear and do it anyway. Ah, one of my faves! xox Rem

  • Toni Schram

    I love John Holt’s quote: “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks,…”. If you never make mistakes, you would never really learn.

    You gains so much more when you DO make mistakes. You have a definite impetus to see how you came upon making that mistake, and correcting the Situation (no, not the Jersey Shore buffoon).

    You will gain confidence in knowing you had a problem and learned how to correct it and
    NOT to repeat it.

    Love your Hobie Cat photo!

    Love ya-

    Toni

    • Remy G

      eek. The Situation! How did he get that nickname anyway. What a trainwreck show. I seem to be learning alot from those mistakes lately. :)
      xox Rem