Imagine you’re on a baseball team and it’s your turn to bat. You’ve been practicing at the batting cage, and you’ve become quite good; not to mention, you enjoy batting. Could you imagine saying to your coach, “You know what, Coach? I don’t know if I’m ready for this. What if I strike out? I think I’ll skip my turn and go back to the comfort and security of the batting cage and let someone else bat instead.”
That would be ridiculous, right? Who would do that?!
I would argue that we may be guilty of doing something similar when we doubt or play down our abilities in the face of opportunities that would grow and stretch us out of our comfort zone.
It’s easy to wish for opportunity, or even seek it out, in the comfort of the daily routine. However, when an opportunity actually presents itself, we often begin doubting our abilities and whether we’re really capable of being successful. We wonder if we are capable of rising to the challenge, or if maybe we’re really not as good as we, or others, might think.
It’s totally normal to have some doubts or be nervous about taking on a new and challenging opportunity. However, what’s tragic is when we decide not to pursue an opportunity we’re capable of either out of fear of failing or because we doubt our own proven skills and ability.
I heard a quote recently that stated:
“In 20 years we won’t be disappointed by the things we did to; we’ll be most disappointed by the things we didn’t do.”
The next time you’re presented with an opportunity that will stretch you and your abilities, grab your bat, step up to the plate, and swing for the fence! Take the risk. Step out of your comfort zone and into the challenge, and give it your best shot. And if you happen to fail, which you most likely will NOT, at least you’ll go down swinging.
Always remember: No Grand Slam home runs have ever been hit from the safety and security of the batting cage.