They were considered radicals at the time – the few colonists who desired complete independence from Great Britain. They wanted the right to vote and a civil democracy. In 1776 a five-man committee took the biggest risk of their lives, and literally risked their lives for freedom. Among these men was Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the historic Declaration of Independence.

“The reward is in the risk.” ― Rachel Cohn via @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

Those responsible for the document and those who signed it (hello John Handcock) could have been beheaded for treason. In spite of it all they spoke out against the King for what they believed. Certainly no one knew what would happen and even though fear was prominent, they took a risk and did it anyway.

Risk requires courage, bravery and faith. It asks that you rise above your fears to do what in your heart you know is right. Bold action is a necessary part of risk. There are no guarantees that you won’t fail, get fired, ruin a relationship or worse, but sometimes it’s necessary to do what needs to be done in order to live a more meaningful life.

For almost everyone fear is the number one reason they don’t take risks. They stay in jobs they hate, in relationships that aren’t right and give up on their dreams because they’re scared. They stay small and in doing so limit their capacity to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. However, what I want you to recognize, whether you live here or not, is that you can get inspired by the courageous energy America’s Founding Fathers possessed.

“Those who dare take risks shall fulfill their passions.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita via @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

Now I know that starting a blog, becoming an entrepreneur or breaking up with your boyfriend isn’t quite the same thing as risking your life. (Though depending on where you live, it could be.) However, fear can be debilitating whether it is life threatening or not and in order to move forward you have to know what is stopping you. Fear can be very sneaky and mask itself as practicality or logic. It will have you focus on all of the reasons why you shouldn’t take a risk. Fear will convince you that you don’t have the time, money, energy or smarts to do that thing you can’t stop thinking about. After a while you start to believe the lies your fear mind keeps telling, unless you take action. Even one small step can start to prove your fear wrong.

This week amidst the energy and celebrations of independence and freedom I want to invite you to take a risk. Whether you consider it big or small, step through your fear and do something that you haven’t dared to do before. Whether you decide to slap on some red hot lipstick you’ve been too shy to wear or ask your boss for that raise you’ve been wanting to for over a year, remember risk is about moving through fear. While you may not always get what you want, in taking action you move closer to honoring yourself and your desires.

In the comments below please share with me one risk you plan on taking this week!

If the idea of risk and fear is something you find yourself dealing with often, or you just want to kick fear to the curb once and for all then I want to invite you to join me.
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I know investing in yourself can be scary, but your happiness is worth the risk. Right now I’m offering the course (which is valued at over $2000) for only $197! Plus I’m giving you over 20 bonuses from your favorite experts like Marie Forleo, Gabby Bernstein, Kris Carr and Danielle LaPorte to enhance your Flip the Script experience. Register now and connect with others to get support, give support and remain inspired throughout the course.

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Here’s to freedom, independence and taking risks.

Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th and as always, take care of you.

Love Love Love



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  1. Hi Terry. My drama involves the very stressful role of being a stepmother to my partner’s rebellious,16 year old daughter. She took off from her mother’s 3 months ago because she didn’t like being told what to do. Now she lives with us and her dad lets her do pretty much anything she wants! Having raised my own 16yr old 7 years ago, I’m no stranger to the challenges an assertive, self-determined teenager presents. My problem is that I have no power or influence, in situations where I think a parent should be intervening and taking certain actions. My partner can’t believe his little girl could possibly be doing anything wrong, and when I present the evidence to him of what she has done, he takes her side and imagines I’m making it all up! I’m frustrated to the max!
    I think I should speak to her mother and let her know what’s going on. I’m sure she would not approve of a lot of the behaviour that her daughter is getting away with in our home. I believe certain actions of my step daughter are totally unacceptable and need to be addressed. My partner prefers to ignore it, but I can’t, and so I’m summoning the courage to go and speak to the girl’s mother about it. Let her know what is really going on, in the hope she will intervene and take her back, in order to deal with these inappropriate behaviours, now that she’s had a break from her for a while.
    My fear is of making the situation worse somehow; but I can’t live peacefully the way things are. I’m upset and stressed by what’s going on in our home, that I have no control over. I hope to resolve my dilemma by speaking to the mother, because talking to my partner is getting nowhere – just creating problems in our relationship.
    Terri, do you have any advice or comments on my situation? I’d appreciate your input. Thanks 😉

    1. Thanks for your question Juelz. As tempting as it is to go around your partner and speak directly to his ex, I would advise against it. Your partner and his ex have to decide what is going to happen with their 16-year-old daughter. Yes, I fully understand that it impacts your life, but there has to be conversation about it. I think therapy would be helpful for you and your partner and separately for your partner, ex and their daughter. Having a third party who is unbiased and has the proper skills can help you negotiate this complicated family situation and can have a really positive impact on the outcome. I understand how difficult this situation may be for you and I also understand that you care so much because you love your partner and want the best for him and his daughter. That being said I suggest stepping back, even if just a little, from the situation and focus on taking care of you. The teenage years, as you know, can be extremely difficult and complicated for parents and children. However, it is your step daughter’s mother’s and father’s choice in how to raise her. Sending you massive love and peace during this stressful time. – TC

  2. I am 69 years old and I want to start a counseling service for restaurants who are having trouble making money. Previously I operated three fast food restaurants for over 30 years, then i spent 16 years with a large broad line distributor, retired 2012. I have the tools, but I won’t sit down and implement my ideas. I let anything and everything distract me from following through.
    Maybe a swift kick to butt.

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