When was the last time you stop playing it safe? Let’s begin by looking for a moment at what safe means by definition. Google defines safe as: 1. protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost. 2. uninjured; with no harm done. For those of you who subscribe to my weekly newsletter you know that I attended the inaugural Getaway Camp this weekend in Ashville, North Carolina. Getaway Camp is for busy women who want to break free and creates a space for women to be who they are while exploring their playful side. As women we often play is safe by not saying or doing what we really want to. We are more inclined to keep quiet or put our children, spouse, friends above ourselves. This is important from time to time, however there needs to be times when you put your needs first. It’s necessary and okay. You can’t give from an empty bucket.
One of the activities at Getaway Camp was the blob. If you’ve ever seen the movie Heavyweights, then you know the blob. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure yet, the blob is a BIG pillow that rests on the lake. There is a high dive where one can jump on to the blob, then scoot over to the opposite side and wait for the next person to jump off the high dive. Thus propelling the person who is waiting up into the air and then into the water. It’s super fun! I’m sharing this with you, to tell you a story about playing it safe.
While most of the women who wanted to play on the blob did, there was one woman who really wanted to do indulge in the pure fun, but she couldn’t bring herself to jump. Afraid of heights, she slowly walked out to the edge of the diving board and stood at the top staring down at the red X on the blob, marking her goal. Several times she even bent her knees in preparation for her dismount, then she would hold back and stay on the edge. From her perspective it looked really far and though she stood there for a good 5 minutes bouncing and working to get up enough courage to take the leap, she couldn’t bring herself to let go.
I was standing on the side, my perspective was a little bit different. I could see that she was actually closer to the red X than she thought. She was so much closer to reaching her goal than she imagined. When she came off the diving board back to the deck, she was so disappointed in herself. Her desire was to jump, take a risk and enjoy being in the moment. Yet, there was that other part of her that wouldn’t let her take the jump and she played it safe. If you want to hear her perspective and what I discovered on our car ride home subscribe to my newsletter to get the scoop.
Sometimes the only way we grow is when we get out of our comfort zone and take the risk. Is it time for you to stop playing it safe? What is that thing that your heart desires, and raises your awareness of life?”
Perhaps you can relate to wanting so badly to take a risk in life, business or career. What is it that keeps you on the deck, playing it safe? There is a time for playing it safe. (When you know you don’t have the money to make the big purchase you really want, that’s a good time to play it safe and plan ahead.) Likewise, there are times when it’s ok to explore the things that may be a bit scary to you. In reality you may be closer to reaching your goal than you think. Sometimes the only way we grow is when we get out of our comfort zone and take the risk. Is it time for you to stop playing it safe? What is that thing that your heart desires, and raises your awareness of life? Want some advice? Let’s chat Heather@dragonflydirection.com.
Here’s the 411 on me. I have overcome some challenges in my life; sexual abuse, domestic violence, and becoming a teen mom, but that’s not who I am. I am alive and fully me. From my point of view, that equals alot of experience that I get to share with you! I am passionate about helping women understand their true value so they, you, can see that you are worthy of the life you desire. I celebrate with women from all over the country, because together we can bring dreams to reality.