“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”—Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve been thinking about my life and everything I’ve achieved–and haven’t achieved–in the past 5 years. The Safety Dance
The Safety Dance
I’m reasonably happy. I’ve achieved some worthwhile things, made lots of personal progress and been successful so far. Yet this year I find myself feeling guilty of complacency and admittedly aware of doing my version of the safety dance on more than one occasion. Blame it on the long grey winter or pick a trusty excuse-du-jour. It’s time to get out of my comfort zone.
Yesterday was different, the sun was out. It got me feeling more ambitious. Honestly, both you and I know we’ve wasted too much time already. Heck, if you’re the average American you’ll spend 1/4 of your life watching television. Playing safe in front of the TV and treating life as if it goes on forever. Good lord, what a waste of time.
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is risk of doing nothing.” –Denis Waitley
Today I feel all set for change and ready to start living even more authentically. I prefer to be driven more by my heart, not always by my head. I feel so much better when I live with purpose and honest transparency. It feels liberating when you stop pretending, like a weight taken off you shoulders. Does it sound like a big swing in the opposite direction of safety dancin’ ? It’s not really far off.
“Those who don’t jump will never fly.” — Leena Ahmad Almashat
Everyone needs to be reminded from time to time. Stop being content. Remember that cool idea you had? The one that could change everything—Start it now. Stop procrastinating.
Remember that business model you’re supposed to be building or improving—Do it now. Stop waiting for everything to be perfect. And stop being concerned about “failure” or looking foolish.
Because failure is SOMETHING. Something is better than NOTHING!
Even failure is moving in the right direction. You’ve learned something valuable that will help you succeed. Dang, right now, I’d take a boat load of failure over being in no man’s land doing the safety dance.
If you decide to do it, there’s nothing the World that will stop you from achieving that important ambition. Time marches on, with or without you.
Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams. That’s what I’m doing and I invite you to do the same.