• Anne B Grossman

Where Are You Playing It Safe?

Last fall, I spent a month in Nepal, trekking in the Himalayas, eventually ending up near Everest Base camp.

There was a young man in our group named Rich, a warm, low-key, extremely thoughtful person, who was also a very gifted athlete, coming in 2nd in the Everest marathon that was the culmination of our trip.

Earlier this week, we got word that Rich had died, suddenly and unexpectedly. He was only about 30 years old. As it turns out, he had a chronic heart condition. It didn’t stop him from racing- marathons, triathlons, or from pursuing the adventure of his dreams- the Everest marathon trip- even though he had better reasons than most to say no.

In part it was this news that propelled me forward with a challenge I had been on the fence about. A challenge I failed at once before and wasn’t sure I wanted to tackle again.

It’s easy to say no, isn’t it? To play it safe and stay in the comfortable places where we pretty much know what’s going to happen, where we don’t give ourselves much opportunity to fail. But there’s no growth there; there’s no change, and you know what?

If you don’t give yourself an opportunity to fail, then you also rob yourself of the opportunity TO SUCCEED!

Yea, I might miss the time cutoff in this tough race again; I might get pulled aside at the base of that monster 3 mile climb, and told I’m done. BUT WHAT IF I DON’T? What if I make the cutoff, conquer the climb, and finish the race? I want that opportunity. I’m going for it. In honor of Rich, and also to honor myself, and my choice to live BIG.

So here is the question- Where are you playing it safe? Where are you not taking a chance because you might fail? What if you don’t fail? What if you succeed? What if you trust that you are capable of more than your self-talk tells you? What could change in your life if you take a chance?

You’ll never know if you don’t give yourself a chance. Where are you playing it safe? What small, small step can you take, TODAY, out of that comfort zone. Do it. Take a step. You’ve already won.

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