You Have Nothing to Lose

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Taking calculated risks is hard, let alone risks in general. I’m not talking about risking your life on drugs, criminal activity, or death. I’m talking about applying for that school or job you’re doubting you’ll get. I’m talking about pursuing that passionate business or hobby you’re second guessing yourself on. I’m talking about moving to that new city you’re hesitating about.

Let me ask you something – what do you have to lose?

Yes it’s nice being practical, knowing what you want and having your ducks in a row. But sometimes a safety net doesn’t get you to where you want to go. Sometimes you can know exactly what you want and have everything mapped out, and you still won’t feel prepared for what’s ahead. Because a road map is just a road map – a guideline. You can’t anticipate pit stops and detours.

So what do you have to lose?

As cliché as it sounds, what truly matters is putting your best foot forward and giving it your all. That fear you have that’s stopping you is fear of failure, and you should channel that into a driving force to put your best self out there. Doing something that scares you will only make you stronger. If they can do it, so can you. Don’t worry about circumstances. Don’t worry about what other people will think. Well, you do have to care about what other people think to a certain extent; i.e. not taking a shower for days or something like that is not good. But so what if you fail or get ripped apart? There may be pain, crying, and humiliation but you can recover from that. Besides, you can’t please everyone. Life is too short to look, act, and feel a certain way for others.

So what do you have to lose?

The key is to self-reflect. Take a step back and really think about what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you want to do. List every pro and con you can think of. Go through every outcome that’s both benefitting and stopping you from going for it. If you really think about it and if it’s truly that important to you, then everything that’s stopping you becomes small and you have nothing to lose.

You have nothing to lose.

About Ronnell Morris

Ronnell is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NWYT. She is a copywriter by day, a performer by night, and a triathlete by weekend. She loves Disney, musicals, eating, YouTube videos, list-making, and the colors pink and gray too much for her own good. See All of Ronnell’s Posts

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