Caution can be good. If you’re not sure how to parachute out of a plane, and caution says you need to stay on the ground and learn more about parachuting before you jump, caution has served you well. It inspired you to act wisely, rather than ignorantly.
But there is a downside to caution one needs to avoid. When caution turns into fear, it can paralyze action and prevent success.
I see the downside of caution when I play tennis. When I let conservatism take over my shot making, I play poorer. I volley the ball tenderly when I should hit it hard. I slow down my strokes for fear of missing a shot. I select shots that are “safe” but not effective. Fear of making a mistake causes me to underperform. I do not play up to my potential.
The same experience happens in life. If we let fearful caution rule our decision-making, we fail to excel. Efforts to “play it safe” all the time, translate into hardly “playing” at all. We are held back by destructive fear.
The cure is not to abandon reason and act wantonly and blindly. The cure is to conquer fear with an understanding of divine Mind’s ability to give you the help you need to excel.
As children of God, we have unlimited abilities, talents and skills to express in Life. As our understanding of what we’re capable of in God’s image grows, we excel and accomplish greater and grander works. We do not let fear govern our actions. We reach out to the wisdom and understanding of God to inspire us to greater action.
Be wise about caution. If it’s crippling your success, it’s time to trust the wisdom of God more and act on it.
Live Life to its potential! Don’t let fear hold you back.