Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things

TAKING RISKS IS TERRIFYING.

Okay, maybe you love leaps of faith, diving into the unknown, and placing your hopes and dreams in an uncertain future. And if that's you, HUGE PROPS TO YOU. But that's not me. Like, at all.

I'm naturally a planner.

I like things organized. I prefer my ducks in a row. Actually, I'd probably have them arranged alphabetically by name, standing front to back by height, and the blueprint for where they're at printed out on a map and placed in my hand. That is, if I had a whole flock of ducks.

Sort of kidding here, but not really...I prefer to live my life within the realistic and the probable. Taking risks isn't naturally my bent.

BUT IT'S AT THE EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WHERE DREAMS BECOME REALITY.

Case in point.

For me, starting a business was a leap of faith. I don't have a degree in business. I've never taken a photography class. And the experience and knowledge I do have has come from YouTube, excessive Googling, and practical in-the-field hard work. But for me, starting a business set in motion a series of events that has led me to where I am today and I wouldn't change it for the world.

And more recently...I decided to launch a workshop series. I've never taught a class or really had any formal training in public speaking. And two weeks before the workshop date we only had two people signed up to attend. But I put on the workshop anyway. And it was absolutely awesome. But more importantly, it both proved to myself that I could do it and started building a community of people interested in my work and excited to take more workshops.

HERE'S MY POINT.

We can choose to live our lives in the realm of the comfortable. And honestly, the comfortable is quite relaxing and friendly. But the problem with living in the sphere of the easy is that it always leaves us asking "what if?"

So take a risk. Jump off the edge and see what happens. Maybe it won't work – I've had plenty of those moments. And even if it completely fails you'll still win in some sense because then you'll have a better direction about what you can and can't do. But maybe, just maybe, it'll succeed. And instead of being left with the question of "what if?" you'll be living in the reality of a present you'd never have experienced had you not been willing to try.

I'm a shining testament of a person who hates taking risks but does it anyway. And honestly? I've failed more times than I'd really like to admit. But I've used my failures to fuel my desire for future successes and it's that "I'm-still-going-to-try" attitude that has me where I am today. So take a leap...

THE ONLY REAL FAILURE IS NEVER TRYING.