To follow Jesus means walking by faith. Faith involves taking risks as you will be called upon to do things you would not have naturally thought of doing. We are looking at being risk-takers. We see that:
1> Reality is your friend during high-risk times
2> You must learn to become comfortable outside of your comfort zone
A> Don’t look in the mirror
B> Don’t count loses – Instead, count lessons
C> Focus less on your fear and more on your dreams
3> Good leadership gives you a greater chance of success
4> The bigger the risk, the more help you’ll need from others
While it is fun to dream about the potential upside of any risky venture, the reality of it can make you want to yell “HELP” at the top of your lungs. The greater and riskier the venture, the greater our need for help. And to be successful, you don’t just need help; you need the right kind of help.
Mass movements don’t begin with the masses. They always begin with a few. But if those few are the right people, there is the potential for a mass movement. What are the characteristics of the right people?
A> They like a challenge
When you cast a vision for something big or share your plan for something new and risky, it is both a uniter and divider. People of high capacity who like a challenge rally to you. Small thinking people leave. The size of the task or project determines the size of the person who signs up.
B> They play big
What’s more dangerous than playing big? Never taking a risk. When you’re doing nothing, nothing good happens. You want people willing to join you in taking a big risk, to try something new, even if it is difficult.
C> They are honest with themselves
When you are attempting something difficult, you want people on your team who know themselves and are honest with themselves. They have to know what they’re capable of and know what the stakes are. And as a leader, you need to help make sure they know those things.
Even if you’re not someone who owns a company, holds a leadership position, or leads some kind of team, you may still need help when you tackle a risk. Look for like-minded people who are willing to face challenges to assist you. It will greatly increase your risk capacity.
5> Taking risks always requires personal courage
If you want to expand your potential, and therefore your life, you need to be willing to take greater risks. You need to be willing to stand alone. You need to gather the courage to do what others might not do — not just for the sake of doing something bold and risky but because you can see the potential reward.
What’s great about taking smart risks is that it not only expands your possibilities, but it also inspires other people to want to join you in your efforts. People follow courage. When someone is willing to stand alone in the beginning and face opposition and challenges, they can earn respect and credibility. Eventually, others see their courage and rally around them.
So, what are you going to do? Are you willing to increase your risk potential? Are you willing to fail doing something big? Are you willing to count lessons more than losses? Are you willing to model the way by becoming comfortable outside your comfort zone?
There are not small things,. But if you’re not willing to do them, you’d better become comfortable with only small things and small accomplishments leading to small impact on others. Because you’ll accomplish big things only if you’re willing to take big risks.