Today is National Take a Chance Day, and every year on April 23rd, we are encouraged to break out of our comfort zone. It reminds us that taking risks can open you up to new challenges and opportunities and empower you to push the limits in your mind.

We all have boundaries where comfortable staying or thoughts of what we believe we deserve or are capable of achieving. When taking risks, you can eradicate that thinking and establish new boundaries that allow you to attain a higher level.

But remember, the actions of confidence come first; the feelings of confidence come later. Here are some benefits of taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.  Discover. ~ Mark Twain


Taking risks can allow you to become more creative.

When you put yourself out there on a limb, your natural problem-solving skills kick in, and you become open to new ideas and new ways of thinking- putting you in a growth mindset.

People with growth mindsets believe that talents and intelligence can be developed through effort and practice, so they take on challenges so they can grow and learn.

Taking risks can result in a positive outcome.

Not every step in life can be carefully planned, and you’ll never know if you can succeed unless you venture into new territory. While there may be risk involved, there is also the potential of a significant reward. When you give it your best shot and put all that you can into achieving your goals, you are more likely to make it happen.

Taking risks help you to clearly define what you really want.

Calculated risks are taken with a great amount of careful thought and reflection. This process helps distills your ideas to determine if the reward is worthwhile enough to take the chance.

Once you become more comfortable with taking risks, you allow yourself to break free from the average way of thinking and gain the momentum and confidence needed to welcome new opportunities into your life. Risks build your self-confidence and self-respect and empowers you to feel stronger when taking on new endeavors.

While taking chances requires some guts, you need to trust your instincts. Sometimes your gut leads you down an unknown path, but your inner voice knows that there is something big on the other side. Go for it; you’ll never know what you can accomplish until you try something you’ve never done. Take the risk, and you’ll step into some of your biggest rewards.

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