If you ever take a look at the people who seem to get the “most” out of life, it is usually the people who attempt the most. The first example that comes to my mind is in sports. In any team activity I have ever played, the best player on the team is usually the player who attempts the most shots or plays.
Being willing to attempt is one of the most important ingredients to success in all areas of life.
Unfortunately, many people are hindered by their overly cautious attitude. Whether they avoid speaking up in a board meeting, skip the sales call to the difficult buyer or shy away from asking an interesting person on a date, the end result is a lost opportunity.
The root cause of this overly-cautious, inhibited way of life usually comes down to learned behaviour. If you have always been a “conservative person” who analyzes every action and potential outcome before acting, you will continue to operate in this mode unless you consciously decide to change.
The people who take action and try new things are very often the most exciting people to be around. They have a rich variety of life experiences and other people are naturally magnetized to their stories of action, adventure, triumph and defeat.
If you feel frustrated or inhibited in one or more areas of your life then take a few minutes to consider what is really causing this result. How are you limiting yourself?
I remember a friend of mine telling me about a colleague in his sales division who constantly won all of the sales awards every year. The only thing this guy did differently than everyone else was that he simply tried more things. He would offer to meet clients in off hours, perform additional services beyond his call of duty and even introduce his clients to new people who they might be able to do business with.
This kind of person never waits for permission to try new things. They treat life as a series of mini-experiments and use the feedback from each action to evolve and adapt to their environment.
How much better would you feel if you ignored your inhibitions and just tried something totally new and different? This doesn’t require intense therapy or training. Join a social club or sports team, send a funny youtube video to your clients, take a photo of yourself doing something wacky and post it on Facebook, be the first person on the dance floor when you go to that next wedding.
All you have to do is choose an area of your life that you feel is lacking and take a bold action to stir up your results.