If your life is ever going to change for the better, you will have to take chances. You will have to get out of your rut, meet new people, explore new ideas and move along unfamiliar pathways.
In a way, the risks of self growth involve going into the unknown, into an unfamiliar land where the language is different and customs are different and you have to learn your way around.
When we are ready to grow, we are ready to give up the way we usually see ourselves, which is risky. After all, our old reliable self--no matter how inadequate or unworthy --that is the only sense of self we know. What happens if we lose our old self and nothing takes its place? What happens if we obliterate the very essences of our being--our selves!
As we takes risk, as we move in the direction of growth,
we start taking new 'pictures' of ourselves,
if only in our imagination.
We decide we are ready to give up our false beliefs, compromises, relationships, prior investments (job, money, energy volunteer commitments and so on), superficial attachments and self-destructive habits.
Relinquishing these ingrained aspects of our lives can be difficult, but its absolutely necessary.
Some people stay in relationships because they seem secure. Others take and stay in dead end jobs because they fear new responsibilities. Still others gravitate to groups because they dread being alone. There is an undercurrent of fear that pulses through them incessantly, a message from the scared inner child.
"I am unlovable, I had better settle for what I have, I'd better not take any chances."
Yet the paradox is that until we give up all that feels secure, we can never really trust the friends, mate, or jobs that offers us something.
True personal security does not come from without,
it comes from within.
When we are really secure, we must place our total trust in our self.
The risks we must take to attain a more honest life are always more difficult at the beginning.
It gets easier as we makes choices and changes.
As we get comfortable with the habit of risk, it becomes a daily possibility.
The life we are creating for ourselves becomes limitless and starts looking like a world full of possibilities.
Learning to Love Yourself ~ Wegscheider-Cruse