Jun 162008

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. –Anais Nin

Have you ever noticed a theme with successful people?  Nine times out of ten, there was a risk involved and the person needed to take a chance in order to succeed.

Risk-taking is scary for most of us.  We’ve been taught to be careful and take baby steps toward our dreams.  There’s nothing wrong with this approach, except that it can limit our progress if we hang back for too long!  And the longer we hang back, the harder it is to keep moving forward.  We get locked into a rut of inertia and can’t seem to move past it.

Believe it or not, risk is not such a terrible thing if you view it from the right perspective.  Most people look at it from success INGUL05YHA0175[1]the perspective of what they stand to lose if it doesn’t work out.  But what do you stand to gain if it DOES work out?

Below you’ll find a simple process to determine which risks might be worth taking:

1) What do you stand to gain?  With any risk, you’ll want to first look at the potential gains.  Make a list of what you stand to gain from moving forward on a risk, and include as much detail as you can.  Consider every possible positive benefit you stand to receive.

2) What are the possible negative consequences?  Along with the positive benefits, there are always a few possible negative consequences to every risk.  Make another list of these, again thinking about all the possible things that could go wrong, and what would happen if they did.

3) Balance, balance, balance.  Now compare the two lists and see which one has the strongest likelihood of coming to fruition.  Would the gains be worth the risk?  Would you be able to handle the negative consequences if they did happen?  Are there any options for a middle ground decision, like taking smaller risks to start?

4) How realistic are your fears?  Take another look at your list of negative consequences and ask yourself how likely they are to happen.  The majority of the time you’ll probably find that your fears don’t have any real substance – they’re just fears.  Evaluate each possibility carefully and determine whether it’s a real threat or not.

5) Go with your gut.  After carefully weighing the pros and cons, you should have a solid sense of whether you should take the risk now, or wait a bit longer.  There’s no shame in deciding to hold back if you decide you can’t handle the negative consequences right now!  Remember, you can always re-evaluate the same risk (and others) at a later time and see if conditions have improved at all.

Just by getting into the habit of evaluating your risks in this way, you empower yourself with the confidence to push through inertia and move steadily toward the success you desire.

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  8 Responses to “Risk-Take Your Way to Success”

  1. Thank you Justine well put. I know people that take very little risk in life and their life suffers because of it.

  2. Great article Wendy – thank you! Taking risks is an inherent part of life, and without them, we would never experience the amazing surprises and rewards they often bring! I’m all for taking [calculated] risks, accepting that life is full of challenges and surprises, and living life to the fullest!

  3. Hi Alisha
    Your gut or intuition is so important when making big decisions. I have learn over the years to expanded my intuition and it is remarkable how much I use it in everyday life. It can bring a new awareness to your life. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Hi Karen
    Yes risk taking is necessary if you really want a fulfilled life. It is perfectly ok to go at your own pace as long as to get there. Thank you for commenting.

  5. Nacie
    Yes stepping out of you comfort zone is necessary it life. Your right risks can be foolish it is best to know as much as you can then evaluate your information and make the right decision. Thank you for commenting.

  6. I like your “go with your gut” comment. I feel that when I follow through on any internal impressions I receive, that I tend to get what I want faster & easier. I love it!

    I love listening to my gut except when it’s trying to tell me that I want a cream filled donut instead of the banana I planned on getting. =)

    Thanks for the great, simplistic post!

    -Alisha Kruger

  7. This is so true. I like what you said about taking Baby Steps. If you only go with this idea you won’t ever take the risk. Like you said if you need to take a little longer it is alright, but you can’t keep going that route. Thanks for sharing.

  8. You are so right about taking risks – some of the best things that ever happened to me came because I stepped outside my comfort zone and took a risk. Its important to realize that there is a difference between a foolish risk and a calculated one – always try to take the latter :)

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