The risks may be big or small but are always significant to the person. Taking risks may involve changing jobs, saying no to someone, going into a supermarket or learning to be kind to oneself. Whatever it is it takes courage and a willingness to do something different.
Only recently I took a risk and signed up to go tandem hang gliding. My first attempt resulted in getting 5 feet off the ground and crash landing in gorse! Needless to say, months later for my second attempt, I was particularly anxious. However I had learnt from my previous attempt and knew what I had to do differently.
All harnessed up I just had to take one step forward - nothing else just that one step. Then we were off - upto a 1000 foot in the air over Woolacombe beach. The experience was amazing, scary and unique with a beautifully smooth and safe landing!
Once we take that step forward, take that risk, the experience may still be uncomfortable or anxious but we can no longer go back. We have moved forward into a new experience and whatever the outcome of that move it can only be positive.