What Risks Are You Willing to Take to Achieve Your Goals?
The dictionary tells us that to risk is “to expose oneself to the chance of loss”.
A little baby is natural born risk taker. The baby never considers the consequences of falling when they are learning to walk. Falling is acknowledged as a natural consequence to learning to walk. It’s a calculated gamble, it’s a prerequisite to mastering a myriad of motor skills required to get you on your feet and moving. It’s a natural progression in movement, Why then, wouldn’t we stop to consider that any movement into uncharted territory should be viewed with the same consideration?
The truth is with every goal there is risk. If a goal doesn’t scare you, is it worth the risk?
What will I gain?
What could I lose?
What happens if I don’t change?
The greatest hazard in life life is to risk nothing.
What causes individuals to shy away from taking a risk, even if it is a low risk and will give them something they really want?
Most people would say it’s the fear of loss, failure and perceived humiliation if the loss were to occur.
When did we become afraid to change, to move forward, or to just stay safe. When we were small children, it wasn’t uncommon to hear our parents or guardians say, “Be careful, you might fall.” Or, “Don’t do that, you’ll ….” Though some of this is rhetoric and you don’t really pay much attention to it, for some, it begins the pattern of playing it safe.
Think of how much better equipped we would be to face life’s challenges and succeed, if we had repetitively heard, “Take a chance and don’t worry about falling, because you’re going to fall … probably quite often. Falling is an important part of learning.” Many of the greatest lessons you’ll receive in life are going to come from falling … from your failures.
Failing will never make you a failure unless you quit.
If you dream of living your life in a really big way, you must accept risk-taking as a very real part of the apprenticeship you must serve. Make a decision right now to change. Decide this very moment there will be no more playing it safe … no more “saving it for a rainy day” type thinking in your life. When people get caught up in the habit of saving for a rainy day, that is generally what they get … a rainy day.
There are a number of people that limit themselves and refuse to take a risk. They never truly test the strength of their abilities. You will never get to second base if you keep one foot on first. Too many people go through their entire lives playing their cards close to their chest. They never step out and bet on the surest thing in the world … themselves.
Think of reaching your goals as having steps similar to the ones the baby must take in order to walk.
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Taking risks is essential when you want to reach a goal…
Try this simple exercise before you proceed any further with your goals, find yourself a pad and a pen. Then, prepare a balance sheet by taking an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper, and drawing a straight line down the center of the page.
On the left-hand side, place a minus sign, and on the right-hand side place a plus sign. Under the minus sign, write out the very worst thing that could happen to you, if you were to follow through with your idea. On the right-hand side, write out all the good things— the very best things—that could happen to you, if you were to go ahead with your plan. Clearly understand, that so long as what you plan to do is honest and honorable, whatever goes on the left-hand side of the page is not going to be disastrous. On the other hand, however, what goes on the right-hand side of the page could turn out to be absolutely magnificent.
By creating the balance sheet in this manner, you are demonstrating to yourself, for your own edification, the fact you actually have “nothing to lose.” It has already been brought to your attention numerous times in this book, that simply “missing the mark,” does not make you a failure; it only means that your plan did not work out as you had anticipated. So even if you should lose everything you own, you still retain the capacity to bounce back, to try once again.
Remember, it makes no difference whether your goal is starting a new business, buying or building a new home, getting a new automobile, a new position at work, setting a sales record, or getting an honors mark in school. Whatever it may be, you must step out and boldly pursue it. Keep reminding yourself that you have tremendous reservoirs of potential within you, and therefore, you are quite capable of doing almost anything you “set your mind to.”
So, at this very moment, make up your mind that you are going to become the “Risk-Taker” you truly wish to be.
Some of the most success people in the world have been quoted to say…
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it,”
– Pablo Picasso
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” – Chinese proverb
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