There's an ever growing popularity in the personal development/coaching/ motivational sectors with inspirational content to help "overcoming your fears", "getting rid of your fears & doubts" or sometimes "Filling your mind with dreams, so there's no room for fears".
Here's the thing, while giving yourself permission to #dream is really important, dreaming is only the first small step of many before you're likely to achieve that dream.
Fears & doubts are brilliant, and an integral part of being an emtionally healthy human being. They also have the useful benefit of highlighting the problems & challenges we could face, and when we pay attention to them, and take appropriate action can ensure that we create practical #Plans for achieving dreams.
Think about it on a most basic, practical level, if we didn't have the fear of being run down by a car, we wouldn't look both ways before we crossed the road, and if we didn't look, the chances of us being severely injured, dramatically increases.
It's not healthy to be completely fearless, in fact, it's dangerous, and is highly likely to cause you harm!
I am scared of any approach that encourages people to "take a leap of faith" because I've seen so many people cause themselves (and those around them) harm by doing so.
Let's have a think about the image to the left as an example.
Can you please tell me what's wrong with getting a ladder, and using it to walk across the gap?
Why is necessary to "Take a Leap of Faith" when there are often much safer options available? Why risk falling to your death, or severe injury when you can simply use tried and tested tools which are safer, and deliver the same results?
It's not necessary, and in my opinion people that support and encourage this type of risk taking behaviour, encourage people to fail, and they often fail spectacularly. You can succeed without taking massive risks, it involves taking one small step at a time, and keeping focused on your end goal.
Of course, sometimes it's good to take a little leap, but if you do, please make sure you're wearing a parachute, so that you can learn from the experience, without having a massive set back and long recovery time, if the risk doesn't work out as you would like!
Taking risks are vital in entrepreneurship, but there's a difference between taking a risk and being reckless, endangering yourself and causing harm to yourself, and potentially also causing hardship for those around you.
In terms of start up businesses, if you risk too big and it doesn't pay off, it could kill your business permanently. Taking, smaller, calculated risks, getting all of the practical support such as ladders & mentors who've experience valuable to you is much more vital in achieving success than taking huge, dangerous leaps of faith!
Have your dream, hold it clear in your mind, in your heart, but don't allow it to overshadow the reality in which you need to deal with in order to achieve that dream. See the dangers that might lie ahead, and find practical solutions to overcome those challenges. Then you won't risk your well being, health, or the financial viability of your business, and remember, only risk what you can afford to lose!
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