Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nothing Ventured - Nothing Gained

"No guts - no glory"

Have you noticed we have a few very familar sayings which all imply courage and action are needed in order to achieve something positive; to succeed?

When you think about it, it really makes sense because more often than not, what stops us from making changes in our life is not that it's too hard to do, it's because we don't know what will happen.  In other words, it's not the level of difficulty that stops us, it's the fear of the unknown.

How often do we wish our lives were different in some way, yet when given the opportunity to make a change, we shy away rather than reach out with both hands to take hold of it?  If it's something we want, if we know it's something that will make us happy or healthy or improve our life, why are we so reluctant to take action?  Have we become so accepting of 'the way things are' that we no longer believe they can be any other way? 

It seems we want a promise, a guarantee; if we take this opportunity, this risk, it will all work out the way we envision.  Often the vision we hold of the opportunities presented to us is much smaller than what we actually experience.  We tend to play down opportunities, making them appear small and inconsequential so they are either easily dismissed and forgotten; or we play them down so they become easier to act upon.  If it's 'no big deal' then we don't get our hopes up and we also don't tap into that fear of the unknown.

Life holds few guarantees, yet one thing is for certain, nothing improves or changes unless you are willing to take that leap of faith and take action on opportunities presented to you.  It takes courage and confidence to take a leap of faith and while each and every one of us is capable of it, not all of us choose to do it which brings us back to my grandmother's favourite saying "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" and my brother's favourite "No guts - No glory".

Take a leap of faith and believe it will all work out beautifully for you.  What you focus on is what you create in your world, so focus on succeeding whenever you seize an opportunity.