Take a Chance at Happiness

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How can I overcome fear and take a chance?

Have you ever found yourself asking that question? Have you ever passed up an opportunity because you were afraid? I know I have, and I’m sure many of you have as well.

Everyone experiences a fear of change, and a fear of failure. This is not a “natural” feeling in that we aren’t born afraid. Rather, this fear has been conditioned in us since childhood. Look at a child learning to walk- they stand on their feet, they take a step and they fall. But they don’t give up! This initial failure does not deter them from trying again and again until they are running around causing their parents grief. As an adult, we have come to fear failure and as a consequence, we are reluctant to take a chance. We fall once and decide it’s safer to crawl.

I just read a great blog post, called “Time to Take a Chance” by Dr Wayne Dyer, one of my ultimate happiness gurus. He wants us to consider a radical proposition-

What if there is no such thing as failure? Failing is a judgment that we humans place on a given action. Rather than judgment, substitute this attitude: You cannot fail, you can only produce results.

Think of all that you could achieve if you couldn’t fail! Consider all the chances you would take if you weren’t afraid of failing! It’s as simple (and difficult) as changing the way we think. Consider the outcomes of your choices not as success or failure, but rather as results. Every chance you take, whatever happens, is an experience to grow and learn.

 

To read more, check out the blog by Dr Dyer at:

http://www.healyourlife.com/blogs/wayne-dyer-blog/time-to-take-a-chance

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