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How can I get over my fear of taking risks?

Accept failure as an option. Failure is always a possibility when taking a risk, but success is also a possibility. You have to be willing to face both. One of my favorite quotes is "life rewards action," because so often we think and dream about things, but we don’t actually take a step toward what we want.

Try to identify what is holding you back from taking a risk, and then take action -- even if it’s small. So, if your goal is to jump out of an airplane, that first step may be to ride with someone to see them do it. Or, if you want to travel abroad, your first step may be to set up a separate account to save money for the trip.

It’s also important to surround yourself with people who support and encourage you and who take risks in their own lives.

The process of taking risks can take a long time or be immediate. The important thing is that you’re moving toward it. One last thing: Be willing to look silly. When you try anything new, you’re going to look foolish and that’s okay. Get over it and do it anyway!

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