Pos­i­tive Risks

The Miracle - - Youth - By:B Fa­ti­maF ti Nadeem,Nd GradeG d 8, 8S Sur­rey

I n or­der to grow, we need to ex­pe­ri­ence chal­lenges. This was a quote in an ar­ti­cle I read the other. It seems weird be­cause nowa­days it seems that all we try to do is run away from chal­lenges. I started to think, what is it that keeps us from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chal­lenges. The an­swer is easy; fear. It hold us back and keeps us in­side the four con­strict­ing walls of our com­fort zone. It keeps us from learn­ing and im­prov­ing and we never get any­thing pro­duc­tive done. Though, I be­lieve that in or­der for us to get over that fear of fail­ing and chal­lenges we need to take pos­i­tive risks. Pos­i­tive risks are ex­tremely im­por­tant and have a huge im­pact on our learn­ing. In this case, learn­ing can be both aca­demic and the lessons we learn through­out or life. Even though many of us her and know this, we are still hes­i­tant. I think the main rea­son is peo­ple don’t fully un­der­stand the mean­ing of pos­i­tive risks. Pos­i­tive risks do not nec­es­sar­ily mean zip lin­ing or go­ing bungee jump­ing. It is ac­tu­ally much sim­pler than a lot of us be­lieve it to be; in fact, the ex­act mean­ing o pos­i­tive risks is to get out of your com­fort zone and take risks that make you u un­cer­tain not un­safe. Fear is help­ful in many si sit­u­a­tions like when you are driv­ing too fast o or when it mo­ti­vates you to do bet­ter, but a lot of times it holds us back. A pos­i­tive risk can be as sim­ple as try­ing a new type of food or mak­ing a new friend. It can be try­ing a new ac­tiv­ity or try­ing out for a sports team even if you are not ath­letic. Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize that by stay­ing in that com­fort zone we are not mov­ing for­ward and not re­ally achiev­ing any­thing. Tak­ing pos­i­tive risks is ac­tu­ally one of the eas­i­est things you can do yet many peo­ple don’t take that leap. With a lit­tle un­der­stand­ing and a few ad­just­ments, you can break away from your rou­tine and do great things. Some­one once said, “On the other side of fear, op­por­tu­nity grows”. This means that while we com­fort­ably stay in our house and waste time, there are won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties that we are giv­ing up. Many times by tak­ing pos­i­tive risks, there are great, un­fore­seen op­por­tu­ni­ties. For ex­am­ple, you might need vol­un­teer hours and de­cide to do it at an an­i­mal shel­ter. Soon, you find that you ac­tu­ally en­joy this and even get of­fered a job. This is one of many ex­am­ples. With­out chang­ing the method of leav­ing and try­ing new things peo­ple can­not im­prove their con­di­tions. Apart from a whole world of op­por­tu­ni­ties, tak­ing pos­i­tive risks also have a great im­pact on your per­son­al­ity. One of the most im­por­tant is get­ting over the fear of fail­ure. Many times, it’s this trait that holds us back. It is un­real to think that ev­ery­thing that we try, will like or be good at. But after try­ing again and again we de­velop the mind­set of be­ing open to fail­ure some­times be­cause this is how we learn. By tak­ing pos­i­tive risks we be­come more open-minded and are will­ing to try new things. This skill is im­por­tant for many things be­cause you learn and im­prove more and are more ac­cus­tomed to changes. Tak­ing pos­i­tive risks also help with con­fi­dence be­cause you no longer let fear guide your ac­tions. Most of peo­ple avoid tak­ing risks and they just try do­ing things which they al­ready know how to do well. On the other hand, as far as I am con­cerned, the suc­cess­ful peo­ple are quite dif­fer­ent with or­di­nary peo­ple, they take risks and try new things in or­der to gain profit and achieve their goals. Al­though I re­ally think that the only way that you will be fully con­vinced is when you ex­pe­ri­ence this your­self, as I have. I think the most ob- vi­ous is the fact that the only rea­son I am in CanadaC d ibis be­cause off a pos­i­tiveiti risk.i k If my par­ents hadn’t taken that chance, I would have never got to see and ex­pe­ri­ence so many things. I also dis­cov­ered one of my pas­sions be­cause of try­ing some­thing new. My teach­ers told me about a Drama Club when I went to a new school and this I show I dis­cov­ered that I love pub­lic speak­ing and per­form­ing in front of an au­di­ence. With­out tak­ing that chance I would have never dis­cov­ered that. As a con­clu­sion, try­ing new things give this op­por­tu­nity to suc­cess­ful peo­ple to find out new hori­zons in their way to reach their goal and try­ing new ways are not safe all the time but with­out tak­ing the risk of try­ing new things they can­not dis­cover new ways. It is not some­thing that is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult or time-con­sum­ing. It con­trib­utes to our learn­ing and our per­son­al­ity. It helps us learn about our­selves. And most im­por­tantly its fun! So go and try new things and dis­cover more about your­self.

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