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Time to take a risk

Kelera Kotobalavu
Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." — TS Eliot, US born and one of the 20th century's major poets (1888-1965)

How far are you willing to go? At what level are you willing to play? How much pain are you willing to bear to get what you want?

In last week's article titled, "Stepping out in faith", I shared with you the biggest risk I took in my life. Sure it was bold, courageous and daring. It was a huge call to make.

However, imagine the regrets I would have had if I not trusted my intuition? Imagine the regrets I would have experienced if I not taken action and grabbed the opportunity?

Here is the lesson I learned from that experience. Big risks, big rewards. No risks, no rewards.

And little did I know that the two things I did even years before I started to immerse myself fully in the joy of personal development, trusting my intuition and taking action, were essential for success.

Let me explain each in a little more detail.

Trusting your intuition

Your intuition is like a sixth sense. It is also often referred to as gut feeling, inner wisdom, inner voice, a "hunch" and spiritual guide.

Do these sound familiar to you? "Something is telling me to…", or "I have a funny feeling about this".

It is your intuition telling you to do something or not to. Intuition is connected to your heart, your inner core which is part of your subconscious mind, the part of your mind that contains all the rich resources you need to achieve greater things. Intuition is a feedback system that we have and its role is to lead us to a path that is fulfilling and brings into our life people, circumstances and resources to make that happen.

So learning to listen to it and doing what it says for you to do without any rationalisation from your head, can lead you to a happy and amazing life.

More often than not the decisions you make based on your intuition are usually the right ones. The more you do this — listening to your heart rather than your head — the quicker and more confident you become at making bigger and better decisions.

Most people listen to their head, (their inner critique) and the rationalising voices telling them why they shouldn't do this or that, allowing doubt and fear to creep in.

Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. And the stronger it gets, the more courageous you become and you take bigger risks in life.

Success involves risks. And that simply means, failure is part of it too. In the failures are lessons to learn to get you up and going again. To succeed, you must first fail. Because you want to expand all the time and grow, you will need to make choices that make you feel uncomfortable.

To get to the next level, you must be comfortable with being uncomfortable. At that level fun, adventure and fulfilment awaits you.

Taking action

Knowledge is not power. Taking action is power. You can have all the knowledge in the world and just be a head full of knowledge. To get the results you want, you must do something. You must take action.

Wisdom comes from putting knowledge into practice. Even if you are unsure, still do something. Do anything. Sooner or later you will find out if you are on the right track. If you are not, you can still make adjustments to steer in the direction you want as long as you are not off-track for too long and have someone who has your interests at heart guiding you along.

Some wait for "tomo­rrow" or wait for the "ri­g­ht time". There is no such th­i­ng. These are just habits of thought.

Yes, you guessed it. Twelve months down the track or two years and so on, these people are still waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

Winners make things happen. Losers wait for things to happen. To open the doors of opportunities, you must take action. Sitting around doing nothing and hoping God will perform some magic and change your life is wishful thinking.

Snap out of it! That kind of thinking does not work. It will keep you in poverty, make you sickly and attract to you everything to keep your life miserable.

Once you know how to use intuition to make the right decisions and take action on what needs to be done to attract what you want, you begin to trust yourself more and more. And waiting for you on the other side of that risk is a reward, and your entry to the next level in life.

Where does fear play a part? Well, only if you let it. Before, you used to let it control you. At this level, you know how to make fear work for you rather than against you.

Really, this is all a game. A game between living a fulfilling life taking risks versus an ordinary and miserable life living in your comfort zone.

So take a chance.

Making a big life change is pretty scary. Sure it is. But, you know what is even scarier?


* Kelera Kotobalavu will be speaking on the topic "How to tap into your full potential — Top five things you must do", at a free two-hour live event in Suva on Tuesday night February 24, 2015. Contact her on for more details.

* Kelera Kotobalavu is a peak performance coach living in Australia. The views expressed are not of this newspaper.

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