Today, Run Fast And Take Chances

A few years ago, one of my friends right before the Leadville Trail 100 Run yelled at me in the crowd, “Run fast and take chances!” It’s something that has stuck with me because it doesn’t just apply to running and racing as it can be applied to everyday life.

Being able to step outside of your comfort zone and being able to expand and enrich your life is a very important aspect of living. After all, what is the purpose of life if it isn’t to feel the thrill of living, of being a little scared, and taking some chances now and again?

So today, I would like to encourage you to “run fast and take chances” in your own life. Do something that makes you nervous but also feel alive at the same time.

You could try to make a new friend or network yourself professionally instead of just isolating yourself. You can ask your boss for a promotion or for a different role at work that challenges you. Boldly suggest ways to positively improve the processes and procedures in your office… take chances and speak up!

You could start your own business… it’s easy. File your articles of incorporation with your state as required and get going! Take the risk and tell everyone what you are doing.

Pick up a new sport, activity, or hobby. Or maybe even pick one back up that you were once good at and enjoyed which also enriched your life. For me recently that has been in the form of me skateboarding around town as a means of commuting.

Express yourself though art or writing and SHOW the world what you have done. Go ahead and launch that blog that you have been thinking about and display your work. It could be your writing, photos, drawings or paintings, regardless, show the world what you can create.

For today, run fast and take chances… It doesn’t really matter what you do, so long as whatever you do excites you and makes you a touch uncomfortable at the same time… Feel that flutter in your gut, which tells you that you are truly alive, and push past it.

And you don’t have to do anything too dramatic or over the top even. Hell, you don’t even have to be successful at it just as long as it helps to build your resolve and your confidence to take even greater chances in the future.

Take some chances today, live with a little bit of risk, and one you see that the world did not stop spinning on its axis because you broke out of your norm, you will be even more inclined to take more chances repeatedly throughout life.

As Jack London wrote, “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” Today, run fast and take chances… today, live. Truly live.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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