Recently, I ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte from my office (A.K.A. Starbucks). I’m trying to cut back on my dairy consumption, so I ordered the drink with soy milk. I was unsure how this would taste. Soy milk has a very distinct flavor- It could either make the PSL even more delicious or ruin it.
When I tasted it, I was pleasantly surprised. I personally thought it was even better than the original! In my wavering back and forth I could have just stuck with the “safe” option because I knew I already liked it as is, or I could risk the soy milk option- because I knew that reducing my dairy intake is a goal of mine and taking a risk to meet this goal is a necessary part of the process of change. If I just stuck with the safe option of what I knew and could easily predict what to expect two things would have happened.
- I would have delayed myself in achieving my goal.
- I would have missed out on the pleasant surprise that I actually like the soymilk better than the dairy milk.
How many times have we delayed our own progress because we chose the safe option rather than taking a risk?
What goals have you set for yourself?
What risks are involved with those goals?
Is accomplishing the goal worth taking the risk?
Is the fear of what could happen from taking a risk worse than the successful achievement of meeting your goal?
My example is small. The worst that could happen with ordering soy milk and disliking it would simply mean that I ask them to make me a new drink and I could possibly be out $4 (by the way, Starbucks will remake drinks you do not like free of charge).
But what about those dreams you have of starting your own business, non-profit, or ministry even though your knowledge, skills, and resources are limited (like mine were)? What about the desire you have to change to an entirely different field of work despite the education and years you’ve put into this line of work? What about all the people who tell you that your dream is just that – a dream? What about the well-meaning people in your life who tell you to take the safe route and keep your “secure” job?
What about it? Can you push through the fear of the uncertainty and unknown and dive in?
Can you step out of the boat to experience the exhilaration of walking on water while everyone else stays safely in their boat?
Can you dare to be bold and brave?
If taking risks stretches you, start small. This is key to preparing you to take bigger risks. Get comfortable with the small changes so you can handle the big changes.
- Set one small goal (mine is to reduce my dialy intake by 50% and replacing my calcium through other foods).
- Plan out the changes you need to make to accomplish this goal. Mine was to start with minor tweaks almond milk instead of half and half in my coffee. Soy milk instead of dairy milk in a latte. Replacing cheese with avocado in a salad.
- Celebrate the small wins. Commend yourself for every risk you take to create change. Regardless if it ended badly or pleasant. Acknowledge your courage.
- Not every risk will be pleasant Sometimes, my substitutions were unsatisfying and not so tasty.
- Take note of what was a pleasant outcome, what you did to get that outcome, and keep doing more of that.
- Take note of what wasn’t so great, what you did to get that outcome, and don’t do it anymore. For example, I’ll avoid a giant size detox drink when my body is not used to detoxing anything. A shot of wheatgrass is fine, a 16oz juice of wheatgrass is a nightmare so I learned.
- Repeat until you see success.
- Take bigger risks as you get used to the smaller ones.
What about you? What is one small goal you will make and the risks involved with achieving that goal?