The Biggest Risk I Ever Took

I got an e-mail last week from another Life Coach asking me the following question:

“What was the biggest risk YOU took that allowed you to make the leap from being “just another life coach” to where you are now?”

I was stumped to begin with because I’m not even sure where I am now in the great scheme of things. I do ok as a Life Coach, but it’s not like I have to beat people away with sticks. I even went through a phase in late July and early August when I wasn’t full.

For a few moments I started to think I was a bit of a fraud because I couldn’t think of a single significant risk I have taken since becoming a Life Coach.

Was it risky giving up a six-figure salary to start a Life Coaching practice?

Not really, because I would probably have had a nervous breakdown if I’d stayed in sales. And anyway I was miserable as sin, so how risky is leaving a job that makes you unhappy?

Was it risky packing up and leaving the UK to move to the US?

Not to me it wasn’t, after all we could go back home if it didn’t work out.

Was it risky training to become a Life Coach in the first place when I loved the thought of it?

Of course not. After all, I could easily get another soul-destroying job in sales if it wasn’t what I thought it was.

What about starting a blog, was that risky?

Not really, I mean, what’s the worse that can happen, people tell you it’s crap? Or maybe nobody reads it?

The only answer I could come up with was the risk I took of offending people when I first used the word ‘fuck’ in a post. I knew there was a risk I would lose some readers and some people would think I was being unprofessional.

But it still wasn’t really a risk per se.

If I have a prospective client call me and I get the sense that we may not gel, I always tell them the same thing:

“Go and read half a dozen of my blog posts and then give me a call back if you want to proceed and we can set things up”

You could say that’s a risk because they may find my humor juvenile, my profanities offensive, and my butchering of the English language criminal.

But that’s a calculated risk well worth taking in my opinion, because I don’t want to work with people that are so quick to get offended or pass out at on hearing a Life Coach say ‘fuck’. All I am doing is testing their intention and on at least half the occasions I never hear back. And that’s cool by me as it obviously wasn’t meant to be.

So the realization is I haven’t really risked a fat lot. In fac,t when I think about it,  all my real risks were taken by continuing to do things I hated doing.

To my mind, the people that really take risks are those people that stay in jobs they hate, and relationships that suck the life out of them.

They are risking their long-term happiness by refusing to take a risk that when all said and done, isn’t really a risk.

What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Or alternatively, what’s the biggest risk you’d like to take? Let me know in the comments and take the risk of people agreeing with you and supporting you ;-)