Playing Safe is more Risky

If you are always playing it safe; you might not be able to change anything in a lifetime.

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A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he called upon a farmer and said, “How’s your wheat coming along?” The farmer replied, “I didn’t plant any.”

“Really?” asked the reporter. “I thought this was supposed to be wheat country.”

“Some say it is,” Came the reply. “But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year.”

“Well, what about your corn? How is it doing?” the young man inquired.

“Didn’t plant corn this year,” the farmer said. “I was afraid of disease”

“Alfalfa?”

“No. Afraid the price might drop.”

“Well, then,” asked the reporter, “what did you plant?”

“Nothing,” the farmer said. “I just played it safe.”

NOW, WHAT IS THE INTERPRETATION?

Life expectancy hangs on the belief that we can find comfort, strength and hope in the midst of our concerns and fears in uncertain days. This assertion has been validated on the premise of change. To put it in simple terms, change-making has been described by Social Psychologists as a risky endeavour, which is proven to be more risky when it is ignored.

If we have to look at it from this perspective, then I would say that change-making is like being locked up in a dark room where you have to weary yourself to find the door. In ensuring that we are significantly beefing up the effort we are making to relieve ourself of the boredom emanating from the odds, it wouldn’t help to whisk away our worries and contend nothing is going wrong.

In most times, when the need to take action arises, you can find people maintaining frame of mind and saying “it doesn’t really matter.” In actual sense, we must understand that every “it doesn’t matter” means a dozen of matters. Now, tell me! Can anyone really find it helpful to relent rather than taking a walk in a dark room to search out the way? I have yet to come round with building such castles in the air. Whereas change-making is as risky as it can be – truth is that – not taking steps towards change has proven to be more risky.

Life is an adventure that is only possible with those who can take heart. You have been called to a contest any moment you are faced with something in your environment that challenges your curiosity. The adventure of change-making gives fifty-fifty chances of winning and losing. Even when you try something and fail at it – by the time the tussle  is over, there are chances you would become much taller than were.

Whereas getting entangled with change-making is capable of opening you up to operating with some higher versions of yourself; not embarking on this journey could leave you in a reckless abandon; where you are greeted with ridicules, cowardice and worse still, some forms of calamities that might be too late for you to handle.

Despite change-making is not a win-win undertaking, it most definitely guarantees the unveiling of your higher self. Even those who have at one time or the other failed at something – certainly got to discover that they didn’t remain at the same level of awareness that they were before they began the journey.

SO, THAT IS WHY I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME SEVEN TIPS THAT YOU MIGHT NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE PLAYING IT SAFE AT ANYTIME.

1. If you hope to get things to change, you have to be determined to do so. If you are ready to take a trip to a better life, and to make sense out the nonsense you feel around you, then you know you have got to do it deliberately.

2. If you hope to make a difference in the world, then you must be ready to defy the odds. You must understand that those threatening thoughts are wrapped up in the fear of inadequacy, which raises questions in the blues where you will be saying “Looks like I’m not good enough” or “Do I have anyone to support my plight” and so on.

3. When you pass the above test, then you must rid your mind of the fear of failure if you must move forward with your dreams. Sometimes, we try to talk ourselves into believing that by not risking failure we’re somehow better off. But truth remains that, If you don’t try, you’ve already failed.

4. You must be willing to accept whatever comes your way. This is vitally important because getting things to change can only happen with those who do not mind what becomes of them at the end of the struggle.

5. One of the ways to overcome the point above is by counting the cost from the start and making up your mind to pay the price.

6. If you hope to get anything to change, then you must be determined to risk everything: failures, rejection or abuse.

7. Finally, you have got to position your mind on a win-win lever of confidence, before you take the leap. You must have the understanding that even if you do not get anything to change at the end of the day, you yourself would have changed.

Remember. . .


If you are always playing it safe; you might not be able to change anything in a lifetime.

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