Part #1 Taking a Change 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?

Part #2 Your Attitude Toward Taking Chances