>This is going to be my last blog post for just a little while. I have to take my own advice and priortize! I am editing my first book and launching my new website, both are such huge undertakings that I need to put my head down and focus if I am going to get it done!

As I was thinking about what I wanted to write about for this entry, the word risk kept coming to my mind. It seems to have been a theme as of late, as so many terrific success stories have been shared with me. Just a few weeks ago, my friend Adair Cates told a group of us how she actually got the great Jack Canfield to endorse her book. Another friend of mine just landed a dream job without even having to interview, and one of my mastermind partners from the National Speakers Association just landed her first contract with a Fortune 500 Company. I like to think about these stories, because they motivate and they inspire me, and in doing so I started to wonder do they have anything in common? Are there any similarities? The answer is yes – the one thing all of these experiences have in common is in order to happen they required a little risk.

You can have great ideas, read all the fantastic resources and have the best education, however at the end of the day it all comes down to a willingness to put yourself out there. You have to get a little out of your comfort zone, get a little out of your box, and do something a little different if you want new and better results.

So what holds us back, what keeps us from taking a risk? That is an interesting question and one that is easily answered, I think, by watching children. See children – small children – have not fully grasped the understanding of self-imposed limitations and expectations. They do not fully grasp the concept of “I can’t.” Truly, watch small children playing, or a child just learning to walk, they are so determined, so open, so willing to try that anything is really possible. The whole idea of being embarrassed, feeling stupid or being laughed at has not registered with them yet, so therefore their success rate remains pretty high. Learning to walk, talk, dress yourself, eat – none of those can be accomplished without a willingness to put yourself out there and try new things.

Watch and learn! If we can incorporate just a little of that attitude into our everyday lives, imagine the difference it would make. Our openness to trying new ideas would be unleashed, our persistence would increase, and “luck” would be created all because we were willing to take a risk.

I mean really what is the worst that could happen? You could feel a little silly or a little embarrassed? No big deal really. What is the best that could happen? You could make a life changing connection, you could land the job of your dreams, or you could uncover an opportunity that enhances your life both professionally and personally.

So next time you see opportunity, but you hesitate because it requires you to get out of your comfort zone or to put yourself out there. Push through and go for it. The best things in life happen when we take a little risk!