By Bronwyn Ison

Fear is generally what precludes us from taking a leap of faith.  How often have you desired to make the jump and fear impeded your progress?  I would venture you have displayed trepidation when you’ve considered a new venture.  I was once told, “When you are the most anxious in your life, it is then that you need to take a risk.”  This is sound advice and nothing outlandishly clever but certainly to the point. 

I’ve been inspired by books, devotionals, and quotes suggesting i.e. One should do something each day that encourages us to step out of our comfort zone.  In the past year, I have conquered more of my personal and business fears than I may have done in my lifetime.  Fortunately, I have accomplished more than I could have imagined simply by releasing my fears. 

More than once my back has been up against a wall.  I am sure you can relate to this feeling. A leap of faith may mean taking a chance on a new career path or that of new love interest.  Naturally, all of the “what if’s” will appear.  What if I fail?  What if he/she doesn’t like or love me in return?  What if I’m wrong?  Well, what if you don’t fail, he/she adores you, and you were absolutely right?  Each of us has the tendency to think negatively. We should think positively.  Positive thoughts equates to successful outcomes.


While I am a believer of taking risks in life, I advocate being responsible and not partaking in recklessness.  If your decisions involve others, you should share your thoughts and make the proper decisions together.  Recently, I heard of a couple with a young child who decided to risk it all.  The husband and wife both had corporate jobs and were exhausted from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Responsibly, they had a good savings, which prepared them for their adventure.  Both quit the nine to five grind and cashed in for a more relaxed lifestyle in a rural area back East.  Fortunately, all of their previous work experience would likely enable them an opportunity to return to work if either of them needed to do so.  I loved hearing they chose to take the leap together and make the most of what their lives would have to offer. 

It is challenging to pursue your dreams and goals, allow yourself to vulnerable and take chances.  Each attempt at something new is and an opportunity for you to prosper in your life.  There will be moments that we wish we had a more beneficial outcome.  Remember, the resultant attempt is part of the lesson.  Be grateful for the experience. 

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA(9642)