What would happen if you drove your car with the brakes on? You’d never go full speed because the brakes would offer resistance. Your car would overheat and break down. If it didn’t break down, the resistance would strain the engine. To get to your destination, you would have to make one of two choices: You could either press the accelerator harder and risk damage, or release the brakes to make the car go faster.
This analogy is a good parallel to life because many of us go through life with emotional brakes on. What are the brakes? They are the factors that prevent you from achieving success – fear, laziness, lack of pride, addictions and so forth. The way to release your emotional brakes is by building a positive attitude and high self-esteem and by accepting responsibility.
” Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” – Charles Schultz
Success involves taking calculated risks. Risk-taking does not mean gambling foolishly and behaving irresponsibly. People sometimes mistake irresponsible and rash behaviour as risk-taking. They end up with negative results and blame it on bad luck. Risk-taking is relative. The concept of risk varies from person to person and can be a result of training. Consider a case of 2 persons, A trained mountain climber and a novice, mountain climbing is risky, but to the trained person it is not irresponsible risk taking. Responsible risk taking is based on knowledge, training, careful study, confidence and competence- factors that give you the courage to act while facing fear. The person who never attempts anything risky makes no mistakes. However, not making the attempt is often a bigger mistake than making the attempt and failing. Indecision is habit forming and contagious. Many opportunities are lost because of indecision. Take risks, but don’t gamble. Risk-takers move ahead with their eyes open. Gamblers shoot in the dark.
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt