Risk? Self Confidence? Context?


Are the risks you take conditional? If so, on what? If you knew you were going to succeed would you doubt yourself? If someone else told  you how, would you? If you saw others trod a dangerous path would it make it easier for you to follow? Do you trust in your faith or belief above what some may call common sense?

And then again, without seeing the whole picture, the full scenario, the ‘other’ and ‘normal’ way in that circumstance, would you make your assessment and therefore assumptions just on the extracted information? Would you believe only what you can see?

A very good friend of ours Jan came into our lives at mutually interesting times of change. Up to that point, I was more of a city and suburban person. Now with a lifestyle ‘tree change’ there was much to learn. Jan had five young teenage boys – Stewart, Pete, Matt, Trevor and John. The boys were weaned not only on rural life but even for their ages were most experienced in timber yard and forestry skills. Before these lads, thoughts of chainsaws just conjured up scary images. They taught me with great patience and magnanimity new skills and now with practice, I always think of how they converted a fear, a risk in me into productive labour on the property. With them I learned confidence in tractor driving. After all if they could make quad bikes fly, why couldn’t I drive a tractor! Through the lads I saw the wider context of living and working on a rural property as lifestyle – not just chore. Through them I learned about contractors and earth moving equipment – and how I could leverage those services instead of being overwhelmed by size of execution. This allowed me to dream bigger.

Indeed, risk, self-confidence and context are keys to executing on a quest no matter the scale. Have you taken risks or is risk aversion a preferred strategy? Do you have self confidence in all you do? Do you position challenges and stepping stones in their wider contexts? If yes or no, how is that working for you? So what will you do next?

Then Jan shared this video clip on social media dedicated to her boys!