Have you ever missed out on a great opportunity because you played it safe? Think about it. Look back over your life and think about the things you could have done. The opportunities you could have taken, the people you could have befriended, the experiences you could have savoured. But back then those things seemed scary and risky. Wanting to play it safe, you elected to stay in your comfort zone at the time. From where you sit now, you can easily and clearly see that you should have acted upon some of those things. In retrospect, those things weren’t scary or risky at all – just different and new. They were, in all actuality, blessings that you walked away from. It’s a sobering and outright sad feeling, isn’t it?
You’re not the only one who has done that. I used to be the queen of doing this, people who know me can attest to this but every time I catch myself not wanting to do something because I am ‘playing it safe’ that’s when I force myself even more to do that thing. They say what we most fear doing, is what we most need to do hence this is the philosophy I have been abiding by for a while and it has served me well 🙂
Most of us have a tendency to play it safe. Some of us equate playing it safe with being sensible and prudent. But most of the time, it’s something else all together. The real problem isn’t safety or risk at all. The real problem is fear. As humans, we are hard-wired to allow fear into our decision-making. Most of us simply don’t understand fear, where it comes from, or the role it plays in what we choose to do or not do. By understanding it more, you can prevent fear from clouding your decision-making process.