Some people like to visualize life as if it were a game. Duck-Duck-Goose, Tag, Chess, Monopoly, Halo, Family Feud, etc. The primary objective of any game is to win, and most players would certainly like to have fun along the way. We view life in a similar light. We all want to win, whatever winning means to us all individually, and we want to have fun while doing so. But what we often don’t think about either in games or in life, are some of the risks that we might need to take in order to ensure that we win.
Like in any game, any move we make in life has direct and indirect consequences as a result of our actions, whether good or bad. Life itself is a game of risk and reward. The risky reward. Just like in any game, in life you sometimes must put yourself in a position of risk in order to reap a reward. That risk may be changing your major, quitting your job to pursue your passions, starting a business, or expanding and franchising your business. Sometimes these taking these risks can be scary, we often are ditching the safety of our current situation and security. Leaving the known for the unknown. A blind leap of faith into the void. Understandably that scares people and can often be a big deterrent from people taking the necessary risks to reach the rewards that they seek.
In the bible, Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” That’s a personal favorite verse for me. It reminds me in those quiet moments, when I’m stressing about what my next move is and if I should take this next risk, to merely listen to what the Lord has to say. All things will work out for his good in the end. Even setbacks are setups for success stories. Don’t let fear, doubt, and uncertainty hold you back any longer. It’s time to take risk. The risky reward is yours if you’ll reach out for it.