Make this YOUR year! Are you ready to risk your dream?With the New Year fast approaching, are you ready to make this year your year? Are you finally ready to take those goals of yours and do what it takes to make them happen? Are you ready to step out into the unknown, to do the things you’ve never done in order to possibly gain the things you’ve always wanted but never had? Are you finally ready to make the move and risk your dream?

I ask this because, according to Robert Anthony, most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. And for some reason, this seems to be especially true when it comes to our dreams, and the things we really want out of life. For some reason, when faced with the necessity to actually do something to make those dreams come true – when faced with the actuality of risking our dreams – so many of us seem to just freeze in our tracks and let that wonderful spark we had just… fizzle out and fade away.

A life lived in fear is a life half-lived. ~Unknown

And I think it’s that age-old foe rearing its ugly head again; it’s the fear of the unknown making us afraid of what could be, filling our heads with imagined fears and worst-case scenarios and crowding out all the wonderful myriad of alternate possibilities that are actually more likely. It’s the classic case of the devil you know versus the devil you don’t; we’re afraid to risk the certainty of the known – whether we’re happy with it or not – for the uncertainty of the unknown. So we settle for what is. And to me this is the greatest risk: turning our lives into something we’ve settled for, and condemning ourselves to always wonder what would have happened… if.

The real problem with avoiding all risks and allowing fear to call the shots for us is that it turns our entire life into something we’re settling for rather than something we are living. Don’t do that. Don’t settle – you are worth so much more than that. So grab the coming New Year with everything you’ve got and turn it into everything you want. Make it happen. Risk your dream.

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