Of course taking actions we haven’t taken before, moving outside our comfort zone, is often scary and rarely comfortable. However, it is always rewarding. When you make a decision to put yourself ‘out there’ – whether making a career change, engaging in a “courageous conversation” with a colleague or close friend, friend, asking for your boss’s support to move into a more senior position, volunteering to take on high profile role, or simply dusting off your CV to make a change in your career – things don’t always go to plan. But too often we focus on everything that might go wrong if we take a risk, and we fail to acknowledge what could go wrong or worsen if we don’t.
In an effort to take the safest path possible many people end up living a life they would never consciously have chosen. Sure, sometimes the path of least resistance, effort, and risk is the right one. But often it’s not. When weighing your options, ask yourself a question: is this choice driven more by what inspires me, or by what frightens me? Then be brutally honest about the cost of inaction. You may find that “playing it safe” is the greatest risk of all.