Debbie Ford: Are You Ready To Make 2012 The Best Year Of Your Life?

January is a month of big change, and some of those changes are a work-in-progress. I know that you can create 2012 to be one of the best years of your life, and I’m committed to supporting you to stay in action. By tending to your inner world with care, compassion and love, you won’t be able to stop yourself from taking action in the outer world!

In order to help you stay on track and inspired this week, I thought I’d use a lesson on Risk from The Best Year of Your Life online courseon the Daily OM website, a course based on my book by the same name. I invite you to dive into this lesson with the intention that it bring your life to the next level. 

Risk: The Lesson

To move forward powerfully and achieve quantum results, we have to take risks. We must be willing to look at the ways we keep ourselves small and confront the resistance we have to entering the unknown. In other words, we have to do something different. Attaining the next level of success, fulfillment, intimacy or passion requires us to face our fear and risk appearing foolish, making a mistake, or asking for help. Remember the old saying, “Of course you have to go out on a limb sometimes, that’s where the fruit is.”

If you are one of those people who talk themselves out of taking risks because they are so scary, just think of the alternative: You could continue to create the same predictable results.

Risk: The Assignment

1. This week, identify one place in your life where you are not getting the results you desire. Maybe it’s in your career, with your family, with your health or in your intimate relationships. Allow yourself to see the approaches you’ve used to try to achieve your desired result.

2. Now, write down three actions you could take that would be outside your usual comfort zone that would produce quantum results. For example, could you ask someone for help? Do you need to hire a coach or put a structure of accountability in place?

3. Lastly, approach three people this week whose opinions you respect and ask them how they would go about achieving your goal. Remember, breakthrough results occur when we are willing to give up the old and embrace the new. This week, exercise your muscle of taking risks.

I know that when you complete this assignment, you will find the motivation and a big boost of energy to carry you elegantly through the week ahead.

With love and blessings,

p.s. Share with me on Facebook and Twitter about the risks you are taking this week!

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