“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out just how far one can go.”
~ T.S. Eliot

I’ve seen it too often. We hold back. I notice it in my clients and my colleagues. My family and my friends. Somehow we’re too cautious, too unsure. We are willing to take risk, but not too much risk.

At times I counsel caution. It’s good to test the waters before we dive in. It’s important to be measured in the risks we take, so that we don’t risk too much.

But we can be too cautious as well.

Because it seems that it’s only by testing the boundaries of how far we can go, that we do find out how far we can go. Many of us seem to underestimate our strengths and our abilities. I see too many clients discrediting – or completely ignoring – what they’re great at and what comes natural to them, and highlighting where they think they lack. So they’re sure they don’t have what it takes to do something, and they hold back on how far they try and go.

I’m all for gathering support before you jump into a new endeavor. I believe in weighing the pros and cons. I remind clients to be smart as they try new things and step into uncertainty. As they push themselves somewhere untested.

I also often encourage them to (smartly) risk a bit more, dream a bit bigger, reach more clearly for their star. To push themselves to go a bit farther, so that they find out just how far they can go.

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