Monday, July 30, 2018

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined

Risk is the converse of itself: 
Not to risk is a risk.
--- Anthony Silard

Do you speak the “I’m too” language? Are you “I’m too” conversant?

In case you are unfamiliar with “I’m too” ways of thinking, here’s a crash course.

It’s easier to say “I’m too fat” than to go to the gym and lose weight.

It’s easier to say “I’m too ugly” than to ask someone out on a date and face possible rejection.

It takes less effort to say “I’m too old” than to follow your passion and become an artist.

Which “I’m too” excuses do you conveniently use to avoid taking risks?

You may also underestimate others to avoid risk. It requires much less courage to say, “There aren’t many quality people out there” and stay at home than to risk finding the love of your life and stretch yourself in a relationship.

It’s easier to say, “They’ll never understand” than to attempt to improve a relationship by broaching a difficult issue with a friend, parent, or coworker.

This week, take some time to consider the “I’m too” or “Others are too” excuses you may invoke to avoid taking the risks that the pursuit of your dreams requires.

Then reflect on how you could take reasonable risks to move your life forward in the direction of what you most value.

Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through purchases, click here.

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