“It’s risky not to take risks”
My brother told me that a few times before. I thought about it and wondered how it fit with the idea of taking a calculated risk. In anything taking a risk involves proper calculation. How can you tell that your risk is calculated? I’ve thought of a few ways:
1) Weigh the advantages and disadvantages
Of course you want to make sure you actually do something. You know, take action! But you don’t want to go in blind. How are you going to tell that you’ll either succeed in what you’re doing or at least reap most of the benefits? You write down all the advantages and disadvantages. Ask yourself, “What am I profiting from this?” When looking at disadvantages, ask yourself, “What am I losing out on?” The key lesson here is TRY. The pros and cons are there to push you a little. You should be doing the thing anyway. They just serve as a boost to get the ball rolling. After all you’ve heard the saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
2) Be ready to learn
To eliminate the fear of failing, think if it in terms of an experiment. If you don’t succeed, write down everything you learn about why you didn’t succeed. Be specific and thorough. Brainstorm on ways you can increase the possibility of doing better. That way you’ll be more than excited to keep doing the thing. If it’s a big project, do some long-term planning in order to prepare for the next attempt. You don’t have to do it alone. Think about who you can involve. If you encounter even a small setback, write down why, brainstorm more ways on improving and keep repeating this process!
3) Accountability is key
This often helps with consistency. Suppose you did great at your new thing, but you want to stay motivated. Get someone to remind you regularly-whether daily or weekly-of your progress. Speaking of which, you also want to put together a progress report. Write down your goals and also how you literally feel before, during and afterward. Reading back at your previous accomplishments, no matter how small, will help you stay on track. Getting a friend or anyone you trust to check on you and support you is the best thing you can do.
4) Always reward success
Instead of worrying about the possibilities of not succeeding, how about getting excited about the numerous achievements you would be making!? In such a case you will need to think about ways to reward yourself. If you are with a group enjoy the reward together. It can be simple stuff such as going out for coffee, holding a competition at a friend’s house, having a picnic at the park or going bowling. It doesn’t have to be big but it does have to exist!
5) Why are you doing this?
This can easily be answered in your list of advantages and disadvantages, but it’s always nice to challenge the mind. If you can’t think of any decent reasons or any at all, make it a must to answer this question, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Heard that before? If your answer is anywhere along the lines of, “I don’t remember” or “A very long time ago,” the best move from there is to make it a goal to impact lives. Even if it’s one life, that essentially is a good reason. That’s only a start, though. Eventually you want to make sure you have a good purpose written down.
6) Have a deadline
In point 3 I touched on setting goals and in point 4 I said to reward yourself. This goes hand-in-hand with those two. You’re literally measuring yourself. You’ll be testing your capability and level of competency to actually get it done. If you absolutely love ice-cream, think about the sensation, taste, flavour and experience you would be missing out on if you didn’t accomplish your goal! Let it be specific. Do you think you can complete it 2 weeks from now? Set an alarm on your phone, write down in your diary AND mark your calendar, the same date exactly a week, month (however long you think it will take) from now (which obviously will be from the moment you decide to plan).
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