What is it about taking a risk that we will avoid them at all costs?
Risks are all about leaving our COMFORT ZONE. They are about jumping into the UNKNOWN. They are about doing something that I never IMAGINED I would do. They are about NOT KNOWING the outcome of my action. They are about speaking to people I am INTIMIDATED by.
THEY ARE ABOUT SHOWING MY VULNERABILITY!
In other words: taking a risk brings about the possibility of FAILURE.
It also brings with it the possibility of SUCCESS.
Every stage in a persons life poses opportunities for risks. I remember being a little kid and being very shy. A risk for me then, was to knock on my friends door to ask her if I could come play. Later on, it was about whether or not to speak to a teacher about my “problems.” As I got older, taking a risk, had a much broader definition. Like “should I get married to this man or not?” Or “should I ask my boss for a raise?”
I remember having to make the decision about a job. Then another decision about another job. Then another and then another. ( I feel like we women were put into this world for the sole purpose of making decisions about our jobs!) I am constantly weighing the pros and cons of my options. I am at (many) times confused with what the right choice is.
What is the definition of being vulnerable?
I looked it up and here is what I got: vulnerable: susceptible to being hurt either physically or emotionally
Being vulnerable is being POWERLESS.
When I am vulnerable I am opening up the possibility of failure.
Sometimes, I choose not to take a risk. I don’t want to have to give in to my vulnerabilies. To admit to myself that “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE.” I want to avoid the pain of feeling “OUT OF CONTROL.”
BUT THAT’S SO DUMB!
Just because I can predict an outcome makes me in control? What if someone would tell me,”Yael, I know that next year your child will have the worst teacher in the school!” (Switching schools is not an option) I now know. Am I in control?
I am jumping off of my place at my ( imagined) security at the top of the cliff. AND I PUT MYSELF INTO G-D’S OPEN ARMS! He does a better job at taking care of me than I do of taking care of myself.
I may as well put myself into the care of the expert.