Playing It Safe

January 10, 2012

By Joyce Odidison

January 10, 2012

By Joyce Odidison

Playing it Safe

Did your parents teach you to play it safe?

I want to take you on a “Journey with Joyce” Playing it safe

I wonder how many people come to the end of their lives and look back with joy on how much they played it safe. In this week’s journey I want to invite you to think about the things you really want and then think about all the negative self-doubts that keeps you in a holding pattern and unable to reach your goals? The little voice that says: what if it doesn’t work out? My answer is this, you will never know until you have tried. Isn’t that what life is all about? We are here to try things not to have absolute guarantees. If that was the case, a mother would be told what baby she was going to have and she would be given options to choose the looks, gender, personality, and be ensured its future success. We are here to take risks. We need to take risks in life everyday and we do, the challenge is that we have been programmed to think of some risks as “safe” and others as “unsafe”. If you won a trip to a tropical destination in the middle of winter, would you take it? How risky! What if I tried to convince you that you could get in a plane crash or you could get mugged or die of a tropical disease? Would you pay me much heed? I think not! I think most people would say the risk of that happening is so slim, they would take their chances and experience the wonderful vacation.

Well what if I asked you take a risk such as quit the job you hate and go find yourself a job that fits with your passion and that will make you feel more fulfilled? I bet you would be the one to point out the risks to me and share all the reasons why this would not be a good choice and that it would be too risky. You would be correct on some level but take a closer look at the two scenarios? The first one was a risk to your life that you were willing to take and the second was a risk to your livelihood that you may resist taking. My parents taught me to play it safe. Did your parents teach you to play it safe as well? I don’t think that was a bad lesson, what I think is that the message got confused. We should play it safe by ensuring that we dance, sing, play, laugh, ask for what we want, take risks, share, cry, and love as much as we can because our time here is so short we can never replace lost time.


Often we say one thing and do another. As we enter 2012, will you take actions that reflect your true passions? Will you choose actions and make choices that reflect a greater emphasis on the value of your life and relationships than on the possession and status you hold in life? What risks will you take to play it safe in 2012?

Coaching Question:

What is most important to you, your life or the things you do with your life?

Are there areas in your life where you need to begin playing it safe?

What is the first thing you will do this month to begin playing it safe?

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on the Wellness Competency Alignment concept to improve and measure wellness behaviours in organizations. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 25. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce is the author of six books. She has Founded and leads Coach Velocity School of Coaching, an approved program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainer driving inclusive workplace wellness strategies for organizations globally. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591

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