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Part #1 Taking a Chance and Making a Mistake


Welcome to Part #1 of the Courage, Risks and Rewards Coaching program.

We start Part #1 of the program by exploring what taking chances and making mistakes means to you.

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So let me ask you a question, “Have you ever held back from doing something because it was too risky?”

We probably all have done that at one time or another.

Taking a chance usually means we have something to lose, and many of us shy away from losing.  Let’s face it, no one wants to lose. 

Still, taking chances is an integral part of life, and if we want our lives to change for the better, we have to become more aware of what we are willing and not willing to risk.

Let’s begin this session by exploring what taking a chance means to you, and what makes it such a risky proposition.

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Taking A Chance

Take a moment and look back on your life and think of a time when you took a chance at something.  It can be anything – big or small, at work, or in your personal life.

Enter below the moment you took a chance:

Making A Mistake

Next, I would like you to identify a time in your life when you made a mistake at something.  Again, it can be anything – big or small, at work, or in your personal life.”


A ‘mistake’ can be regarded as something we wish we could go back and do differently.

Enter below a moment in your life you wish you could go back and change:

Two Phrases

With the experiences of ‘taking a chance’ and ‘making a mistake’ fresh in your mind, take two minutes to write down in each column what the two phrases “Taking a Chance” and “Making a Mistake” personally mean to you.”

Taking a Chance:

Making a Mistake:

Part #1 Debrief

Now that you have answered the questions, “What does it mean to take a risk?”, and “What does it mean to make a mistake?”, please complete Part #1 by answering the following questions.

What link do you see between these two phrases – ‘taking a chance’ and ‘making a mistake’?

Where do you focus most of your time and energy:

  • on taking a chance
  • on avoiding a mistake

How does your concern about making mistakes impact your willingness to take chances?

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Before coaching, I had a lot of fear and anxiety that kept me from doing things I knew I should do to get ahead. I was tired of being alone and not having a relationship. When I did go out with a guy, within the first few dates anxieties and behaviors that I thought I was past resurfaced. I felt like I couldn't control myself or my emotions. I felt terribly insecure and desperate. I thought I needed to settle for whoever would be with me even though they were not my ideal mate. 
Finally, I said to myself “enough is enough”.  I realized that I was never going to figure this out on my own.  I also recognized that this wasn't something that was a medical necessity for which my health insurance would pay.  A relationship coach was just what I needed.
I loved that no matter how crazy I sounded to myself my coach seemed always to understand what I was saying and feeling and made sense of it. 
Since coaching, I have gained confidence in myself and am now married to a wonderful man. This increased confidence and communication skills have also showed up in my professional life, and I have increased my income 50%.
Thank you, Dr. Marian, for all the help you have given me. 

Lee S.