If we live our lives in fear we are unlikely to experience personal growth. The fear and anxiety can paralyze us into a perpetual state of inaction. While sitting around waiting for change to feel safe, the world passes us by.
Risk by definition carries the potential of losing something of value. It's natural to have fears about taking risks, and this is sometimes beneficial to us, as some risks are too dangerous. But sometimes the story in our head is that all risks are too dangerous.
We often use distractions and avoidance techniques we may not even be conscious of as a way to decrease potential discomfort. The sad thing is that this often sets us up for pain. For example, if I immerse myself in work as a way to avoid putting time in to developing meaningful relationships in my life, I am probably going to remain lonely. Perhaps the subconscious intent is to avoid the risk of rejection, but it also leaves me stuck in a viscous cycle. Taking social risks is less scary when you have a well-established social support system in place. Being rejected isn't as big of a deal if you have other meaningful relationships. The old "putting all of your eggs in one basket" paradox.
Take a moment to reflect on the risks you're avoiding. Gently and nonjudgmentally explore the fear behind it. Then look at the consequences of risk avoidance. What is one small risk you can take today?