This New Year instead of making a list of resolutions that will in most probability fail, consider this one simple action to be your motto for 2015: Take a chance.
We live in a world full of negativity. The media is full of critics who play on our fears keeping us small. The human collective is not living up to the full potential of our species. It can seem pretty overwhelming if we choose to dwell on the uncertainty of civilization but each individual has the ability to choose their own fate. One person can make a difference.
It doesn’t have to be grand, it doesn’t have to be life altering, just decide this year to be open and take a chance when an opportunity presents itself.
So what do I mean by this?
Basically keep an open mind. Refuse to go to your automatic default response. Look at new opportunities from a positive point of view and then step out of your comfort zone just a little bit and say yes.
The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same activity over and over again but expect a different result. If you continue to live the same way and not consider different options, you may not be full on crazy but you certainly are living a less than spectacular life. Don’t you want to have adventures? Don’t you want to meet new interesting people, maybe someone who might just turn out to be the love of your life? Don’t you want to experience something new in your life? You can if you are willing to take a chance.
Of course there is risk of failure or upset. Perhaps you will play the fool and be the brunt of jokes by everyone around you. You may even get your heart broken. Failing is part of the odds. That’s life, that’s how we know we are living and learning.
But think of the potential for reward. What would it be like if you took the chance and you won? You said yes to the invitation and met a whole new circle of friends. You played your hunch, turned down a unfamiliar road and found paradise. You took that leap of faith and started a financially gratifying and life fulfilling career. Wonderful things happen as well when to take a chance.
I’m not suggesting that you throw caution to the wind and live life foolishly. Use your common sense for heaven sake but if something feels right, do it. Open yourself up just a little bit more this year. If there is something that you had meant to do in 2014 that was just for yourself but never seemed a priority, make it one in 2015. Don’t let those old dreams die, resurrect them, take a chance.
Make 2015 the year you become a little braver. If it excites you, if it fuels your passions, if it makes you happy then this year make a resolution to embrace those feelings, believe you deserve a fuller richer life and then take a chance.