- I want to try something new
BUT I’m not sure I can do it.
- I want to change careers
BUT I’m not sure I’m qualified.
- I want to follow my dream
BUT I don’t have the time to work on it.
Some of the greatest opportunities in my life have arisen when I put myself out there as a target for failure – changing jobs, changing industries, entering a speech contest. Each required a few steps forward in faith and I was rewarded for taking the risk.
I have also hidden behind a “BUT” plenty of times, and surely missed opportunities that were meant for me. Maybe you’ve done the same? It’s safer on your self-esteem if you give in to fear and don’t even try. Nothing ventured, nothing lost.
We were talking about what people fear the most at a recent Toastmasters meeting, and a very wise man named Fred Hensel said, “Sometimes people fear the most… what they want the most. Because they might not get it.”
Are you hiding safely behind a “BUT”? What risk can you take to make yourself a moving target for opportunity? Sometimes you just have to make a move… to move forward.