Critical analysis has its place in the decision making process, however at its extreme can be a debilitating process. Most decisions are not life or death scenarios. In the absence of a compelling WHY we tend to gravitate toward justifying our trepidation. If we can uncover enough potential pitfalls or risks in the equation we can rationalise our indecision thus avoiding the tension and discomfort that ironically precedes all great endeavour.
Sports participants step into every arena aware that failure is possible and perhaps probable. Knowing that playing the game is a pre requisite to success provides the context that every performer needs to get out of bed and lay it on the line.
Kids who are indoctrinated by well meaning adults to avoid any risk of disappointed grow up without the resilience to take the knocks and scrapes guaranteed to befall them on the road beyond the comfort zone.
The DNA wars from whence we've all by by some literally inconceivable chance survived as evidenced by our existence, rewards the the adaptable, the risk takers, the innovators, the curious, the problem solvers and those with an insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration. Believing that avoidance of perceived risk guarantees us security or safety is a dangerous myth.
We live with the spectre of sudden onset ill health, unexpected demise at the hands of innumerable situational possibilities, but the odds are extremely high that we'll wake up tomorrow morning with another opportunity to make a difference, extend our horizon, move a step or two closer to an elusive goal, appreciative of the gift of another moment in time. Alternatively we can take it all for granted and imagine that we'll get another chance in some 'groundhog day' parallel universe.