7 signs you’re not taking enough chances, according to an expert
Taking risks may not be at the top of your priority list, what with your busy job and bustling personal life. But if you zoom out and look at the bigger picture, you’ll see that taking chances is actually a really important part of moving forward and accomplishing amazing things. In fact, if you look at the most exciting times of your life that led to rewarding experiences, they probably started with taking a chance on something you weren’t entirely sure about.
To get some insight into the matter, HelloGiggles spoke with Danielle LaPorte, author of White Hot Truth, speaker, poet, and invited member of Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural SuperSoul 100, who encourages everyone to take chances if you want to live a fulfilling life.
“If you don’t take risks, you drastically increase your chances of living a miserable, constricted, boring, stifling, completely uninspiring and unsexy existence,” LaPorte tells HG. She acknowledges that it’s not easy to take risks, but it’s the very thing that leaves you feeling empowered and stronger than ever, so try not to put it off for too long.
Here are seven signs that you’re not taking enough chances in your life.
1. You often have Sunday night anxiety about what’s coming up this week
“Start with whatever dream or project or new behavior that you’re most enthusiastic about,” LaPorte recommends, “because enthusiasm is a heightened state of consciousness.” If you decide to take some chances and go after what you love, you likely won’t have that Sunday anxiety hanging over you every weekend.
2. You find yourself saying “This sucks” in most situations
“Risk and courage are how you come to life,” LaPorte advises. You won’t think many things suck in your life if you’re taking chances that allow you to feel alive every single day.
3. You resent seeing people who go after big things in their life
Don’t take it out on other people. Get out there and take some risks yourself.
4. You feel like you have no real sense of direction
5. You can’t remember the last time you felt inspired
6. You feel like there’s no magic happening around you
Cultivating magic in your life may initially sound like a silly thing, but there’s a lot of value to approaching your decisions in a positive attitude. The more you believe that your life can be full of brilliance and enchantment, the more likely you are to live in a bold way.
7. You realize you’ve made a lot of choices in the past based on fear
Try not to get stunted by fear when it comes to deciding on your career or relationships. Start with what you’re most passionate about and choose what you can do to chase after it. The world needs more empowered women who go after what they want. We’re looking at you, sister.