I love the Law of Attraction. I believe in it wholeheartedly.

And you know what else I believe in?

Taking action, and taking chances.

This is not good news for some people.

In fact, every time I give a retreat, or offer a new program, I hear from so many people who are scared to take a chance on themselves or their ability to uplevel. They’ve been taught – by their culture, by their families, or by their teachers – not to trust in their own ideas and dreams.

This breaks my heart. Here’s why:

When it comes to your dreams and desires, at some point, you have to act. At some point you may have to get a little scared. Maybe even a lot scared. You may have to step forward and give some weight to your affirmations, visualizations and good vibrations. It’s the best way to let the universe (and yourself) know that you’re serious about this dream of yours and about this life of yours.

Does that mean you have to give up on all of that good mindset stuff you’ve been doing? No way!

It just might mean that it’s time to put some legs on it.

It’s time to act. To take a chance and take action. All of the visualizing and affirming in the world isn’t going to do anything if you don’t step up to the plate, face some of your fears, and make some kind of move.

Risk is different for everyone. For some, it’s a simple action, like raising the prices of your services. For others, it’s a big giant change, like starting a business or moving to another city, or letting go of a dead-end relationship. Starting a blog can be a risk. Taking a vacation can be a risk. Honoring your values enough to let go of a current comfortable-but-toxic living situation can be a risk.

Sometimes it’s not really a risk. It’s just an action. But since it’s not what you’re used to doing, it feels like a risk.

I believe there’s a point when you know it’s time. You simply know that it’s time to take the chance or to take some action. You might not know it consciously, but you do know it DEEPLY.

How?

Well, it might be time to take a chance on yourself if…

• You’ve said, “…at least I have benefits” more than once in the last month.
• You’ve written “My job has benefits” in your gratitude journal more than 25 times in the past month.
• You think to yourself, “I need to just learn to surrender to this place and be present and grateful.” And a few seconds later, you think, “Don’t I?”
• You’re waiting to be discovered.
• You check your email regularly to see if you’ve been discovered yet.
• You’ve convinced yourself that everyone who has their own business works 12 hour days.
• There are more than three empty Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream containers in your trash this week.
• You envy the cast of Glee.
• You envy your cat.
• You envy at all.
• You’ve thought, “Maybe God (or the Universe) just doesn’t want me to succeed.”
• You’ve watched “The Lake House” more than three times in the past month.
• You’ve used any of the following words or phrases when referring to yourself: “Stuck.” “Can’t.” “Shouldn’t.” “Should.” Or “This is just how I am.”
• You’ve used the following word when referring to anyone else: “Fault.”
• You’ve used any of the following words or phrases when referring to your situation: “Wish.” “Yeah, but” “Benefits.” Or “This is just how it is.”
• You sigh more than 8 times a day.
• You bit off your acrylic nails last week.
• You think that other people must not experience fear.
• You worry about upsetting your parents.
• You worry about upsetting your friends.
• You worry about upsetting your spouse.
• You worry about upsetting the cashier at the grocery store.
• You’re waiting until you’re sure you can do it perfectly.
• You think “getting out of your comfort zone” means getting out of bed in the morning.

Author's Bio: 

Christine Kane is the president and founder of Uplevel YOU™, a million-dollar company committed to the success and empowerment of purpose-driven entrepreneurs around the world.

Christine has helped thousands of people uplevel their success, wealth and lives through coaching, in-person retreats and innovative programs, where she teaches high-level cutting-edge authentic marketing and business strategies, as well as transformational techniques to uplevel mindsets and money.

Christine provides upleveling advice, breakthrough techniques and other resources to over 22,000 subscribers via her Uplevel YOU™ eZine and other products at www.christinekane.com.