When you mention the word risk, most people would think about dangerous risk. But it is important to understand the different types of risks and what an important role it plays in our lives. You have to take some chances in life otherwise you can end up feeling stuck.

Positive psychology explains that we have a comfort zone, and then there is an element of fear outside of that comfort zone, which then moves into the learning zone and growth zone. To reach the learning and growth zones, there is an element of fear.

Sally Hewitt, from Ageing Gratefully, shared a poem that suggests if we take no risk our lives become like bondage as we try to control every tiny detail. Faith plays a large role in risk which can be part of our conversation.

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To hope is to risk disappointment.

But risks must be taken because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, sees nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

She cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, and live.

Chained by her certitude she is a slave.

She has forfeited her freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

– Unknown Author

When did you take a risk that turned out to be a turning point in your life? Listen to Leah and Sally’s full conversation below.