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One of the hardest things to do in life is to step outside of your comfort zone, and take a chance. It’s definitely easier to be set in your ways, and do only what makes you comfortable. But life experiences are what shape you as you continue to learn and grow as a person. New experiences can inspire you to take paths that you never imagined, opening you up to a whole new world of possibilities. If you never take a chance, you can never get to somewhere new.

We aren't necessarily talking about life-threatening risks that require you to sign some kind of liability waiver before-hand, but the small everyday risks that you avoid taking. Like introducing yourself to someone new, trying a new food, or interviewing for a job that you convinced yourself you couldn't get. Doing anything that scares you is taking a risk.

Big risks are also important for making real progress and being fulfilled. Following a seemingly impossible dream takes a lot of courage, and starting over to do it takes even more. But whether you get there or not, you will be glad that you put everything that you had into trying. That in itself is worth it.

No doubt, life is filled with a lot of opportunities and potentials waiting to be discovered. This is what makes life worth living-- it offers each and every one of us the privilege of making our decision that will mold what we're going to be in the future.

One of the most obvious reasons why you should start taking chances is the fact that the outcome will always be a surprise-- whether good or bad. Even though there's always the risk that everything will end badly, there's always the flip side that it'll turn out nicely! Those who are afraid of taking risks are always haunted by "what ifs." You don't want to be like them, don't you? For those who have missed out taking the chance or making the big leap, you'll agree that you have experienced a feeling of regret, right? This unpleasant feeling will often occur, especially if that risk could actually help you become a better person. Although it can be reassuring to take the safe side every once in a while, you might end up regretting what could have happened if you were man enough. Just like what they say, "You only live once." So, better live your life to the fullest.

You know the old saying about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So how about trying something new?

For me, it looked a little like this: Old ways = Guilt, hesitation, self-doubt, behaviour . New ways = Embracing change, valuing myself, remembering that I have choices and feeling empowered to make them, learning to say "no" with grace so I can say "oh, hell, yes!" with enthusiasm, breathing in compassion and breathing out love.

How about you? If you were to paint a picture of "old" and "new" — or perhaps "current" and "inspirational" — what words might you use? Take five minutes for homework and see what comes out. New doors won’t open by themselves.