If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it -John Irving
On our journey towards our personal and professional life success, we have all experienced times when we come to a fork on the road where choices need to be made that can alter our destiny. In some cases it is glaringly evident as to which road to take, while in some cases there is a dilemma of making the right choice. In other cases the choice is obvious, however there is still a fear of uncertainty involved which leads to analysis-paralysis and spinning the wheels with no progress to show due to the lack of decision.
This applies to many areas of our lives – choosing the right career, staying or leaving the job that pays well to pursue our dreams, asking our partner to marry, saying yes to a new investment opportunity, or deciding to move to a new country. In all these cases, there is always an element of risk involved. So, how does one navigate these choices? or said another way – what do the ultra successful people know that allows them to navigate this complexity better?
In her brilliant TED talk – Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability – where based on her extensive research and personal experience, she concluded that the happiest people tend to be more vulnerable. They have the courage to take the risk and deal with uncertainty even when there is no guarantee of success. By doing so, it creates a virtuous cycle – they become stronger, more joyous and more connected by being vulnerable and dare greatly by acknowledging the fear.
The point is we will never get rid of uncertainty and fear; but what we do have a choice over is to be more vulnerable, dare greatly and to live a joyous life as a result.
Everything that we desire is outside of our comfort zone.