Taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences.

Every so often a movie comes along that is filled with wonderful life lessons. The most recent one that I have seen is The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw; along with a fantastic supporting cast. If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend that you do. It is the story of current Baltimore Ravens pro football player Michael Oher and the Tuohy Family who took him in while he was in high school.

One of the themes that I want to focus on from this inspiring story is the idea of taking risks. Many risks were taken by all of the characters in the movie. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away anything to spoil the movie. My hope is that you will be able to find examples in your own life that will encourage you to either begin or continue to take risks that will help lead you to the life you want.

Now before you say “but I am not a risk taker, I live a very safe risk free life and that’s the way I like it.” Here are a few questions to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Have you ever tried out for a sports team or play. Have you ever applied for a job. Have you ever had a first day at anything? Pretty common safe risks right. Well that’s only half of the risk.

When it comes to sports the risk doesn’t end with making the team. The player takes a risk every time they step on the court/field/course etc. In the arts the risk doesn’t end with winning the part or having a single performance. The artist is taking a risk every moment they are on stage or in the “spotlight”. At work the risk doesn’t end with getting the job or being awarded the contract. You still have to perform the duties or fulfill the contract obligations. Does it get easier after your first day? Yes, but you still have to show up after that.

Taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences. I know that my life would not be the same today if I had not put myself out there in a variety of ways. Thankfully though I tried out for all the sports I played in high school and college, I applied for and worked at various jobs, I pursued business ventures and different career directions.

What about you? What risks have you taken up till now? What risks will you take to reach your ultra life goals?

Looking forward to your answers and comments.

Jeanné Giddens, Ultra Life Coaching

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5 Responses to “Taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences.”

  1. Jamie says:

    Hi Jeanne,
    Great post! :) Can you give us some quick “how to steps” to begin the risk-taking process for those of us who are more conservative, so to speak?

    • Jeanne Giddens says:

      Great question Jamie. I think that you are speaking about the majority of people out there, including myself! When I need some help in the courage department; because let’s face it, fear is the major culprit when it comes to not taking risks; I look to those who have gone before me. Not because I want to copy what they did, but because it reinforces my desire to succeed. I suggest that you read books, listen to audio tapes, watch dvd’s about a person you admire, or a topic that is related and encourages you to take steps forward. I also reduce the fear of taking risks by acknowledging my fears. I suggest that you talk about your desires and the steps you want to take with a mentor or coach. Talking through things often helps to push past the fear of taking risks.

  2. Maryellen says:

    This is great! How true, taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences!!!

    I like how you state it is not just the initial “risk” step …you still have to perform the duties or fulfill obligations but it does get easier each day. However, I believe and sometimes feel there are always challenges (many positive and some trying) we face after taking that first risky step.

    So…after we muster the courage to take that risk how do we best maintain a healthy and productive balance? Could you advise on any tools or techniques?


  3. Janet Ostrov says:

    Two powerful coaching questions come to mind here: How can I make this an adventure? And, later, what have I learned? In other words, after we test the waters outside our comfort zone, we need to check in and find out what we have learned. Perhaps we have a new, larger, different comfort zone that offers new possibilities for growth–great! Or maybe we find that we need to go in another direction altogether (also great!). Just some thoughts on a snowy day here in upstate NY…

    • Jeanne Giddens says:

      Fabulous questions Janet! Checking-in with yourself is always a good idea and as you said, either we will continue go and grow in that direction or shift toward a new one. Either way, we have learned something just by asking those questions.

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