“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
Action doesn’t guarantee success. It does guarantee results and data.
With this information and feedback one can fine-tune their approach and methods.
By continually monitoring your results you will make progress and achieve a great deal.
You might not achieve exactly what you envisioned at the outset, but by being willing to take action, learn and persist you create results and move your life forward.
If you choose to wait until conditions are perfect then you may never do anything and will ensure yourself of continued mediocrity.
The choice – as it is always – is yours.
“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffett
There are many things we are not prepared for, that we will never encounter.
There are, however, many things that we can reasonably expect to encounter, that we could prepare for, that we ignore (for whatever reason… ).
Divorce is (generally) a result of not addressing risk adequately: not loving yourself enough and choosing the wrong partner, ignoring danger signs (i.e. risks) at the outset; or, not loving your partner enough, and letting the marriage atrophy and wither.
Losing a job is (overwhelmingly) the result of not addressing risk adequately: not adding enough value and becoming expendable; not adding new skills and abilities and becoming irrelevant.
Most every “surprise” is the result of unmitigated risk – of not taking a clear-eyed view of likely scenarios and making sufficient preparations.
Not every risk is completely avoidable. But most every risk that you can identify responds well to mitigation.
For whatever you have in life that is precious and/or critical, consider the risks. Take steps to deal with those risks before they becomes problems, or crises.
One of the great talents in life is balancing moving ahead, focusing in growth and opportunity, and spending time and resources dealing with risk – the “what-ifs” of life.
“How much larger your life would be if your [Ego] could become smaller in it.” – G.K. Chesterton
When we let our Egos run our lives we constrict ourselves, significantly.
We miss opportunities to help others, grow (in necessary ways) and connect with people that we might not have otherwise.
More importantly, we deny our connection with everything and everyone.
I have long thought about consciousness and whether we are separate beings, or something else… ?
My best guess – so-far/currently – is that we are each localized points of awareness in a infinite field of energy. We have a perception of being unique and separate, but when we look deeper, when we look into the atomic depths – and beyond – we find that everything is made of the same “stuff” and that there’s no separateness at all.
So, do you see yourself as separate (or even as the center of a universe), or are you part of the larger whole?
Your answer will determine your experience (of everything… ) – choose wisely.
“I must learn to love the fool in me—the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of my human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my Fool.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin
There are times when I talk too much.
I over-explain, offer lots and lots and… of detail.
Sometimes I feel bad afterwards; wishing I could have been succinct and elegant in my words. The feeling bad is a wasted emotion.
I am better served by honoring those around me who “put up” with me – those who more than tolerate my Fool.
Given the alternative, I am better off talking “too much.”
Yeah… that’s what I’ll do.
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale
Earl Nightingale is one the greats in personal development; if you haven’t listened to one of his audio programs, do so.