Risk, Unknown, Bold, Move, Change, Action, a few words that we have used frequently on this blog. Some months ago, I decided to take a year off work to rest, relax and reset – Codename R3. As I shared my plan with a friend, the reaction was “That is BOLD, I envy you”. Although, I thought mine was semi-bold, I was inspired to write and so I define B.O.L.D.
I figured that you only really start living when you conquer fear in whatever form it manifests itself. So if you hope to fly a plane one day, you need to conquer the fear of heights; if you hope to graduate from school, you need to conquer the fear of failing; and if you hope to start a new venture, you need to conquer the fear of the unknown. Every human invention or intervention is a product of somebody’s bold move.
You will always find three types of people around you. Some are adventurous and will always move in the direction of an adventure. Others will be forced by an unpleasant experience or a sudden realization that everywhere else is better than here and after much pondering will move with the flow. The majority will remain ‘here’, wishing and daydreaming and yet too afraid to do anything about it. I have experienced all sides and have responded differently each time. As I reflect on the moves that I did not make, I wish I acted differently sometimes.
Even though, we often make excuses like, ‘it is not my time’, ‘good things don’t finish in the market’ or ‘God’s time is the best, I am waiting on Him’; in your moment of truth and reflection, you know that you missed an opportunity, realized that perhaps God was waiting on you, wished you acted differently and pray for a second chance.
In our previous post on ‘Demystifying the Unknown’, we shared some tips to help you prepare to make any move – a hard conversation with self, counting the cost, building mental scenarios, listening to the argument for and against and seeking wise counsel. The more difficult one to face is the failure scenario, but this too is a possibility. To know is to be prepared. Preparation enables you accept failure as part of the learning process.
It is OK to miss the target some times, but remember that if you don’t succeed at first attempt, dust yourself up and try again.
Just like the stirring of the Pool of Bethesda, only those who take the plunge, REAP. Probably why it is not so crowded at the top. If the four lepers at the entrance of the city gate from the Bible story recognized that remaining at one spot takes you nowhere, there is a lesson to learn there. So don’t just sit there, if you are sure you have counted the cost, then Make that Move.
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