I’ve been re-reading something over the last couple of days. A book by a dude called Paul Arden. There’s a passage in it as follows:
When you look back there will be things you will regret. I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last couple of days. Specifically in the freezing cold running around Regents Park on Saturday. Two hours of pure unadulterated thinking time.
You made the wrong decision.
You made the right decision.
Life is all about decisions.
Whatever decision you make is the only one you could make.
Otherwise you would have made a different decision.
Everything we do we choose.
So what it there to regret?
You are the person you choose to be.
I look after all things communication orientated in a business for my day job and I absolutely completely and utterly love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Although I would tell my boss to jog on if my numbers ever came up on the lottery. (Note to self: Start playing the lottery…) However every once in a while I wish I’d gone down a different avenue. I wish I’d picked a vocation that allowed me to flex my mental muscles a bit more and didn’t make me feel like I am selling my soul to the corporate monster. Sometimes – just sometimes – I think that I should press pause on my life and work out what I want to be when I grow up.
And the different avenue thing doesnt just apply to my career. It applies to some of the decisions I’ve made about other stuff too.
Taking risks pushes me out of my comfort zone. It would unbalance my very finely tuned and well balanced life. I’m not a risk taker by nature. Whilst I tell people to ‘embrace change’ it scares the be-jesus out of me at the best of times.
Risk taking should really be part and parcel of every day life however I think people avoid it (and for that you can read me…) because they don’t know how to manage it effectively. The word risk has a negative connotation to it therefore it can’t be a good thing can it? Human nature dictates that we are afraid of failure therefore we automatically avoid things that could fail or go wrong or heaven forbid that we put ourselves in a position where we end up with egg on our face.
However if you look at it logically there must be a positive side to taking a risk too. Otherwise no one would ever take a risk would they? Logic (and a little bit of female intelligence too) would indicate that if you limit the downside and maximise the upside then risk taking has the potential to be a *good* thing…
And if you take a risk and it doesn’t pan out? Then at least you’ve learnt something to use in the future. You’ve gotten wiser. That’s the theory at least.
Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
The marathon feels like a big risk at the moment. And I’ve been told that I will fail by a few people too. And I’ve decided that I wont. I think that’s why I am enjoying this whole process so much. I’m standing up and shouting about what I am capable of and what I will deliver. Quite scary but at the same time quite liberating too…