Risky Business: When Panic is a Good Thing

End your comfort zone. Design by Tivi Jones
End your comfort zone. Design by Tivi Jones

Working for yourself is risky business.

I’ve never liked being unsure of my future.

I’ve always been the type of person who had a plan for everything. An agenda for the agenda. I was the type of kid who spent summers creating plans for having the best upcoming school year. Yes, I was that kid.

I’m finding, as an entrepreneur, that while planning and preparation helps, there is still a certain amount of risk and unknown in my everyday life.

I had a low point last week: my ever-rotating moment of complete panic and despair, my “how the [expletive] am I going to make this [expletive] happen” session.

It was bad. It was low.

But do you remember those old Road Runner cartoons when Wiley Coyote had the idea to get the Road Runner by using a trampoline to catapult himself into the air in order to catch the Road Runner?

Sometimes you have to dip very low, down to the ground, in order to get the bearings, power, and momentum to propel yourself towards your goal.

That’s how I choose to see my regularly scheduled panic sessions.

I tell my clients and friends all the time:

If you don’t feel panic and fear and a sense of risk, you’re not challenging yourself.

“Safe is risky”
— Seth Godin

Low points of panic and fear can sometimes be a sign that you are pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Success is not safe.

Passion is not safe.

Dreaming BIG is not safe.

I support your risky behavior!

4 thoughts on “Risky Business: When Panic is a Good Thing

  1. Loved this post! Shared it where ever I could! Have a great day. That panic button thing is a staple in my office :). If we aren’t hitting it, we aren’t pushing forward. Best, Ann McDonald

  2. I am always encouraged when I read these posts. Most people cling to their security and conform to the normal. Sometimes I grow tired of being so different, of being courageous (and slightly crazy) enough to pursue my definition of fulfillment and happiness. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this with us, they always strike a positive chord!

    1. Oh, Adele! I adore your comment. and I always say “Anyone worth knowing is a little crazy!” At the end of the day, I believe we all are chasing happiness. Some of us are just more motivated to catch it.

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