Create Courageous Momentum!
March 6, 2009 Leave a comment
I was recently engaging with a friend on Facebook as it relates to taking risks. I believe this written conversation captures where many people are today, caught between the call of tomorrow’s greatness and the trappings of present day circumstances. With my friend’s permission I have posted his message:
“This is what I was going to run by you. Tye Tribbett sings this song “So Amazing.” It is a high energy rock song, which you would not expect from a “Gospel” artist. It is a life metaphor to me because he made the song in his heart, not the song the record execs may have wanted. Much of the Christian music we hear today plays it safe. It is music by the numbers. It is refreshing to hear somebody just go for it. That is where I want to be, desire to be. To just go for it. So what stands in the way? Fear, pride, comfort with the familiar. God is helping me with these, but it has to be faced and confronted every day. Just some thoughts and I welcome your response.”
Here was my response to him:
“I think we all struggle with the desire to break out of our shells. The constraints that we feel holding us back from fulfilling our ultimate potential were not placed there by God. I am learning that risk-taking is something with which we have to intentionally and continually build momentum. Not only do we have to recite “God has not given us a spirit of fear…”, we also have to practice it. We have to make a conscious effort everyday to think differently and act differently in order to get outside of our comfort zones. That way when the time comes to take a big risk, we’re more prepared mentally and spiritually.”
So many people that I’ve connected with lately are at a critical point in their lives where they hear greatness calling them, but they’re not completely sure about taking a big leap of faith. They’re in a catch-22. They don’t want to stand still, but they hesitate to move forward.
To take a risk, a person has to be willing to change their thoughts, decisions, lifestyle, relationships, or all the above. Many people are hesitant to change, either because they don’t know what’s on the other side of the change or they fear the change process itself. A person will only take a risk to change when the consequences/pain of not taking the risk outweighs the fear of taking the risk.
It requires courage to take risks. Unfortunately, one thing that keeps many people from taking risks is thinking they have to take one big leap of faith, instead of taking a lot of small “hops” of faith. Change happens one decision at a time, which also means building up your tolerance for risk happens one change decision at a time.
You can create courageous momentum by achieving small successes over time. This will build your confidence to take a larger leap of faith when the time is right.
One thing to remember about taking risks is that when you jump out there, either you’re going to fly or fall into God’s arms. Either way, it’s all good!
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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