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Jun 11

Take a Risk, Sweetheart

Posted By keith

Take a Risk, SweetheartHow often do you let yourself take risks in life?  If you’re like many people, it’s far easier to just roll with the status quo.  There’s comfort in knowing what to expect in your day.  At the office.  In your relationships. 

But what if you haven’t reached your potential? 

What if you could become more?   Would you take the risk?

The photo and inspiration for this post came from a walk around part of Vancouver’s seawall.  Painted on a rock near the Cambie Bridge were the words, “Take a Risk, Sweetheart.” 

And for us here at Free the Goldfish Coaching, that’s a mantra to live by.  In fact, the premise of freeing the goldfish lies in taking risks and becoming all that you can be.  

People, like goldfish, can only grow to a certain size when they’re in a fixed surrounding.   Literally.  If you put a goldfish in a fishbowl, it will only grow to a certain size – because the air exchange through the surface area of the water is a fixed amount.   If you put the goldfish in a larger tank, it can actually grow – because it has a larger surface area for the air exchange.  Blimey.  Who knew?!

So that begs the question:

Are you stuck in a fishbowl with a fixed and limited air supply?  Or are you willing to break the glass and go for something bigger so that you can be bigger? 

Taking risks is no easy feat.  And our body’s reaction can make us feel like turning around and running the other way.  A faster pulse, sweaty palms, or just a rising pit in your stomach. 

But those are actually cues to freedom!  Your body is physically telling you that you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.  It’s going to have to do things differently to get used to being with the new you.  Starting today, look at those cues as a good thing – like an inner high five because you’re about to hit the jackpot!

It doesn’t matter where in life you want to make changes.  The harsh reality is simple:  if you do nothing, you’ll stay at the size that a fishbowl allows.  If you take a risk, big or small, you move yourself closer to being the real You.  The You that the world has been waiting for. 

So what do you say?  Wanna take a risk, sweetheart?

Your Practical Action Plan

  • Identify one area of your life that you’d like to change.
  • Think of at least 3 things you could do to help make that change – and focus on the ones that make your stomach do summersaults.  Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.
  • Take the easiest of those 3 and put it into action. 
  • Take some time to appreciate that it wasn’t that bad after all.  (We may not be fortune tellers, but we’re pretty sure the story in your head will be a lot worse than the reality that will come to be.)
  • Proceed with putting the other 2 ideas to action.
  • Toast to your success!

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