Afraid? Take the Plunge

AfraidI grew up in the country, working and playing on farms.  There’s scarcely anything more adventurous for a kid than the things he can find to do on a large dairy farm.  Climbing silos.  Throwing apples at passing cars.  Pitching manure and playing in it.  Some of it was permitted.  A lot of it was not and we got yelled at from time to time.  But it was great fun.

When you are young, you don’t always use your head.  Some of our exploits involved jumping out of hay mows and walking on really high beams above cattle, mangers and bales of hay and straw.  I have to admit I got anxious at times.

The key to doing these things—which were quite scary for a boy—was simply doing them.  If you sat at the edge of the mow or straddled a beam and thought about it, your courage would flag and you wouldn’t take the chance.  A victory for brains; a defeat for derring-do.  (We were young and dumb, so daredevilry usually won the day.)

Our heroes in those days were people like Evel Knievel and Billy Jack.  One can understand why.

In 1988, a book appeared with the provocative title Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.  Susan Jeffers authored this important work.

Feel it….but then do it.

Jack Canfield has referred to this book and the principle it highlights.  I’ve adopted the idea with good results.

We all face fears and anxieties over different things.  For some it’s flying.  For others, public speaking.  Most of us shy away from difficult conversations, whether in sales or conflict resolution.  The key is to own the fact that you feel the emotion of fear but decide to do the thing you fear anyway.  And then do it.  Fear is, after all, a feeling.  It may have validity.  I have a good friend, a career Army guy who’s jumped out of a lot of planes.  There is real fear launching out of a C-130.  Good sense for a paratrooper is to make sure his parachute has been properly prepared.  But he still jumped.  Over and over and over again.

Most of us will not be leaping out of moving aircraft or tackling pythons.  But we can all grow by feeling it.  Then doing it.

It’s really simple.

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Risk and Returns

evel-knievelAs a kid, growing up in the ’70′s, I looked forward each week to ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  In those days, you really could not get a good idea of what was to be featured in each week’s broadcast of a certain program.  Every Saturday, I waited breathlessly hoping that Evel Knievel, the motorcycle jumping daredevil, would be on the show, jumping again.

I was impressionable, young, and dumb.  And Evel took hold of me.  I’d watch his jumps–successful and wrecks–and then go out and try to imitate on my bike with banana seat and long handlebars.  Some of you are smiling because you remember.  And did the same.

Evel Knievel was a hero to me because he took great risks.  His magnum opus was attempting to jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho (he failed).  My bedroom sported an Evel Knievel poster.  And I was thrilled when the movie came out about him, George Hamilton in the title role.

You will not get far in life without taking risk.  Evel Knievel’s risks were extreme, even foolhardy, to be sure.  But his was not a dull life.  Nor a dull career to follow.  And he always got back up after a wreck until it was time to call it a career and turn the reins over to his son, Captain Robbie Knievel.

Jesus once told a story about three men who were given talents (a large sum of money in those days).  Two of the men took risks and were able to generate an increase on the investment.  One man, however, hedged his bets and played it safe.  No risk.  He put his master’s money in the ground.  To “keep it safe.”

When the master returned, he rewarded the two who took risk and generated a return.  But he punished the man who played it safe.  Hedging his bets cost him dearly.

You will not get far in life unless you are willing to take risk.  Live adventurously.  Are you willing?

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The Necessity of Risk

As a kid, growing up in the ’70′s, I looked forward each week to ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  In those days, you really could not get a good idea of what was to be featured in each week’s broadcast of a certain program.  Every Saturday, I waited breathlessly hoping that Evel Knievel, the motorcycle jumping daredevil, would be on the show, jumping again.

I was young, impressionable and dumb.  And Evel took hold of me.  I’d watch his jumps–successful and wrecks–and then go out and try to imitate on my bike with banana seat and long handlebars.  Some of you are smiling because you remember.  And did the same.

Evel Knievel was a hero to me because he took great risks.  His magnum opus was attempting to jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho (he failed).  My bedroom sported an Evel Knievel poster.  And I was thrilled when the movie came out about him, George Hamilton in the title role.

You will not get far in life without taking risk.  Evel Knievel’s risks were extreme, even foolhardy, to be sure.  But his was not a dull life.  Nor a dull career to follow.  And he always got back up after a wreck until it was time to call it a career and turn the reins over to his son, Captain Robbie Knievel.

Jesus once told a story about three men who were given talents (a large sum of money in those days).  Two of the men took risks and were able to generate an increase on the investment.  One man, however, hedged his bets and played it safe.  No risk.  He put his master’s money in the ground.  To “keep it safe.”

When the master returned, he rewarded the two who took risk and generated a return.  But he punished the man who played it safe.  Hedging his bets cost him dearly.

You will not get far in life unless you are willing to take risk.  Live adventurously.  Are you willing?

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Risk

As a kid, growing up in the ’70’s, I looked forward each week to ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  In those days, you really could not get a good idea of what was to be featured in each week’s broadcast of a certain program.  Every Saturday, I waited breathlessly hoping that Evel Knievel, the motorcycle jumping daredevil, would be on the show, jumping again.

I was young, impressionable and dumb.  And Evel took hold of me.  I’d watch his jumps–successful and wrecks–and then go out and try to imitate on my bike with banana seat and long handlebars.  Some of you are smiling because you remember.  And did the same.

Evel Knievel was a hero to me because he took great risks.  His magnum opus was attempting to jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho (he failed).  My bedroom sported an Evel Knievel poster.  And I was thrilled when the movie came out about him, George Hamilton in the title role.

You will not get far in life without taking risk.  Evel Knievel’s risks were extreme, even foolhardy, to be sure.  But his was not a dull life.  Nor a dull career to follow.  And he always got back up after a wreck until it was time to call it a career and turn the reins over to his son, Captain Robbie Knievel.

Jesus once told a story about three men who were given talents (a large sum of money in those days).  Two of the men took risks and were able to generate an increase on the investment.  One man, however, hedged his bets and played it safe.  No risk.  He put his master’s money in the ground.  To “keep it safe.”

When the master returned, he rewarded the two who took risk and generated a return.  But he punished the man who played it safe.  Hedging his bets cost him dearly.

You will not get far in life unless you are willing to take risk.  Live adventurously.  Are you willing?