I read somewhere (probably Pinterest) that “only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
Basically, you have to move in order to get anywhere.
The thing is, that, like most things in life, this is far easier said than done.
I went home to London last week to spend some time with friends, celebrate Thanksgiving and just get out of Stockholm for a mini break. More than those reasons I went back to make sure that I had made the right decision to leave.
You see, as mentioned in previous posts, London was comfortable for me. I have amazing friends there and I had a good job. I was well connected…I did not have any reason to move on…except that by staying I was stopping God from changing and challenging me. I was stopping myself from growing.
Leaving London meant a lot of risk but with risk came reward.
Even now, as I build my life in Stockholm I have my moments where I wonder about what I left in London, who I left in London and how all that will work out…but in my heart I know that taking a risk, moving somewhere with seven weeks notice was exactly what I had to do. New studies, new friends, new company…
So, I’m wondering what risks you may need to take?
Do you need to ask for a raise?
Do you need to look for a new job?
Do you need to tell your friend what has been bothering you?
Do you need to finally ask that girl out?
Do you need to say yes to that guy who has asked you out and you were not quite sure about?
Do you need to finally make that big move?
I do not know what risk you may need to take…and I really cannot make the decision for you but I do know that nothing will change until you move.
This isn’t the most complicated of posts and the message is not hard to understand. However, the response is the hardest.
Taking risks always involve the possibility of failure, pain or simply an uneasy feeling. Even those that have failed, like past relationships, were worth all the hurt because it not only taught me about myself but about my trust in the one who created me.
Sometimes I think that we do not take risks because we do not think we are enough. We stop ourselves from trying new things or getting out of our comfort zone because our confidence in ourselves is lacking. We look at the decision that is in front of us and think, “What if I am not enough?” For me, it was the fear that I did not have it in me to go back to school and balance a Masters with starting my own company. I didn’t think that I could do it until I stopped and reflected upon what I had done thus far in life. If you have a confidence issue then what are you doing to get a bit of faith in yourself?
Marianne Williamson said that it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
So who are you not realize you are worthy of a beautiful, fulfilled and successful life? Who says you cannot take a risk and go for it…
You never know what you’ll find when you land.