Caution. It means be careful, warning, danger and other things. But in the midst of life, sometimes caution can be a death sentence that leads to a mundane existence filled with the same boring pork chops and applesauce every Thursday night along with Sunday night bowling. Hey, bowling is great. Pork chops are great. But… wouldn’t Bowling for Pork Chops be even better?
There have been times I have played on the safe side of the fence. Okay, most of my life (unless I was drunk or high) I played on the safe side of the fence. I took risks, but they were extremely calculated risks with a high percentage success rate. I mean, one thing I hate is to fail or be wrong. So it makes sense that caution was something I exercised often.
Caution can be a death sentence. It can be that thing that suffocates you. You’ll wake up in thirty years, roll out of bed and look in the mirror and ask yourself, “why?” And you’ll pepper your soul with “shoulda, woulda, coulda’s.”
If we don’t take chances, we don’t know what can happen! Sure, we’ll always know that our food will taste good because we order the same thing, or that we’ll make it to work on time because we always take the same route (boring!). We can always be sure we’ll be entertained because we watch that movie we love every time.
Calculated risks are a way to step out of our comfort zone and grow as an individual. Do you remember the last time you took a calculated risk? Maybe you took a deep breath and asked for a raise (which I did last week – it paid off!) or maybe you decided to wear a different color sweater than that gray one you always wear.
Whatever it is, step outside your comfort zone and take a calculated risk. You will grow in ways you won’t begin to believe.