How I did it: I've always been averse to change and too timid to take chances in life, so there are many opportunities in life I've missed out on. The most recent of which was the opportunity to move to New Zealand, which I passed up simply because I was too scared. I made many excuses - some of which aren't too bad - but at the end of the day my fear of taking a big step was what stopped me from having a better life. I decided that that was the final straw, and adopted the policy of saying yes to every request or invitation I receive, and grasping every opportunity - big or small - that presents itself, unless of course it's physically impossible to do so. I've only been at it for a week and it hasn't always worked out great, but my life has already changed for the better. The truth is that at the end of all things, the only chances that you'll regret are the ones you didn't take.
Lessons & tips: If you take a chance in life and it doesn't work out, don't be discouraged. You would have regretted not taking the chance a lot more, believe me.
Life is really, really short and if you believe like I do that you only get one shot at it, then it's your responsibility to yourself to take every possible opportunity to make it fuller, happier and more meaningful, even if only in a small way.
Resources: Courage to overcome fear of change.
Supportive friends and family who'll help me back on my feet whenever I fall on my butt.