The limitations of “playing it safe”

imageWe can never judge other people’s choices. We don’t know their internal landscape, where their journey has taken them, where it’s leading them, or what life lessons they are exploring.

We may have looked at their decisions and thought “they’re playing it safe”. There are many many many reasons people might opt for “safe” choices in their life, why they choose to stay in their comfort zone. They may lack confidence in themselves… they may not be aware of their own magnificence… they may have grown up with abuse or extreme poverty… they may have been hurt in a relationship… They may have a fear of failure, of being vulnerable.

But we can look inwards and question why – and where or when – WE are playing it safe, and what we might lose by making a “safe” choice. Life can be an exhilarating ride of highs and lows, of growth and, yes, disappointment. But by trying to avoid negativity – fear, disappointment, loss – are we not also potentially missing out the miracles, joys, excitement and surprises that life can bring? Are we not trusting that we are magnificent enough to succeed?

If you have been playing it safe, connect to your inner Wise Self and start taking some steps outside your comfort zone…. You may be surprised at how rewarding it can be…. And maybe even easier than you imagined!

Dare to dream and believe in your Self 🙂

Brené Brown says it well:

“I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.”

  
 

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