Ron Goch
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Do Something That Scares You

September 24th 2007

Years ago I read a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that stated, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” and I couldn’t help but smile. You see, I’m a bit of a risk-taker. I enjoy taking risks from time-to-time, but I hadn’t thought of taking a risk each day.

That’s pretty bold, even for a guy who owns a shirt that reads: “If it isn’t dangerous, it’s a waste of oxygen.”  To clarify, I picked up the shirt while white water rafting in North Carolina with some friends last year.  It was a bit scary and dangerous, but a whole lot of fun.

Risks can be fun, but how many times do we face our fears head on?

I came across Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote this past weekend and thought to myself, “What can I do I do tomorrow and each day that scares me?”  I tend to have a routine I stick to daily, so not sticking to that routine could be scary.

I also run the same route and distance on a daily basis, and I guess if I changed the route and distance – especially if I added a mile or two – that could be scary. It could also be fun, challenging and much more creative than my usual routine.

I think what scares most people is the fear of failing. No one likes to fail, but we all can take a step – one each day – and face those fears head-on, and see what we can do to turn what may be scary into a positive experience, and eventually something we enjoy or a strength versus a weakness.

What can you do today that scares you?
Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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