Archive for March, 2014

Risky Business

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Bright Moments

Oh boy.

You’ve been thinking about something lately that you’d really like to do…but you haven’t.

It weighs on your mind, popping up at inopportune moments. You don’t dare concentrate on it too much, though, because that reminds you that you’re doing absolutely nothing about it.

You try to explain it away to yourself – as though you won’t immediately recognize how shallow your explanations are. Bottom line is that you’re afraid to take the risk. You don’t want to risk failure or risk being exposed or risk facing the truth or the consequences. So, instead, you wrap yourself in safety and begin to accept being adequate instead of being awesome.

That’s not really working very well for you, though, is it? Somehow, you haven’t been able to escape your disappointment in yourself.

So turn that around. Let’s get you through this. 

  • Name what you want to do. Be very specific.
  • Determine whether it’s hazardous. If it could cause you or others physical or emotional harm, pause and reconsider the value it holds for you. No danger? Move forward.
  • Assess what’s on the line. Are you putting a lot at risk with the possibility of only a small return? Are there a lot of factors you can’t control? “No” is your answer? Next step.
  • Close your eyes and picture yourself having success at it. See the benefits you’ll experience because of it. Write them down. Notice your mood. Isn’t that outcome worth your effort?
  • Now, envision yourself not taking the risk. What do you think of yourself? How is your attitude? Is this where you want to stay?
  • Break the risk into lesser tasks. It’s much easier to overcome your fear of taking-the-leap when you start with small activities and succeed.
  • Start right away. Just jump in. The more you contemplate it, the more hesitant you will become.
  • Understand that failure is a launch point. It is not the end. If a mishap occurs along the way, decipher what happened and apply that information in the next round. Let that so-called failure be a starting point for a higher quality outcome.

What’s important here is the sense of achievement you’ll have earned by taking the risk, the experience you’ll gain that’s a stepping stone to your next triumph, and the pride you’ll feel because you overcame your reluctance.

Go ahead. Take the risk. Your rewards are ahead.