All growth begins with taking a leap into the unknown. And the willingness to take that leap requires great courage. As well-known poet and author Ryan Holiday states:
“Courage is an honest commitment to noble ideas”.
However, it is often fear that makes people uncomfortable and gives them excuses to continue as is, without the need to ever put themselves at risk or in danger of failure. For some it is easier to not take that leap and keep the stakes lower in their lives. Less judgement, less pressure, and less uncertainty might be easier to navigate but, without question, leads to apathy, disengagement and higher levels of flat out boredom in life. To live well means to be OK with taking chances and risks for playing it safe all of the time can prevent us from revealing our true potential.
Long after World War II, the famous author Victor Frankl said that 'the world and its’ people remained spiritually bombed out' and that nothing seems to matter to anyone. And, in general, he believed that people fear there isn’t anything they can do that truly matters so chances are they will do nothing with their life that has deep impact. These people fall victim to circumstances and fate rather than taking fate into their own hands.
Frankl’s words resonate with me and remind me about the importance of being true to oneself and taking the metaphorical leap into the unknown with more consistency in order to reveal what might be possible.
If you look at your own life, where might you need to take more chances?
What part of you is still left unfulfilled due to not taking the leap?
To what extent do you let fear guide the choices that you make?
Hopefully this blog post gets you thinking more critically about your own life and the potential that exists. Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.