Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Take a Risk Today and Change Your Life

Risk, Challenge, Change, Personal Development, Risk-Taker, Confidence

 The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.  ~ Arnold Palmer
Life is a gamble. Sometimes you have to let the chips fall where they may. You know the old saying “roll the dice and see what happens.” Being scared to take risk is a sure way of not progressing in life. One thing I know for sure is life waits for no one. Life is steadily evolving. Either you are on board or you are not. The choice is yours.

When we decide not to take risk in life we are only hurting ourselves. We are showing that we don’t have enough faith in ourselves to take the next steps to progress. Whether it’s going back to school, seeking a promotion, moving out of state for a better opportunity, starting a new relationship, starting a new business or just simply doing something out of your comfort zone, you have to decide if the risk is worth taking for your life. Determine if the risk factor will work for you or against you. Is it a good risk or not? Weigh your odds. Sometimes the odds are better than you think. Ummmm

If it’s a risk that is working for you, it could possibly be the best move of your life. You will never know unless you take a chance. Understand, there will always be some type of risk involved in life. So, don’t let “risk” be the reason you don’t live the life you want.

Is there something you have wanted to do or try but you are scared to take a risk?

I was sitting down the other day having a conversation with a friend of mine and we were discussing life in our 40’s. We talked about how we still had aspirations we were seeking to achieve. Some of us are late bloomers in figuring out what we really want to do in life. Meaning, for some of us starting out we secured a job out of family obligation. It was not something we really aspired for but it paid the bills. Now that we are older and more stable, we are ready to do something that we are passionate about.

Guess what?

At our age, we are taking a risk to do something that we really love. We are leaving behind our old way of thinking, our old way of doing things and looking at what we need to do to get to where we truly want to be in life. We don’t know what lies ahead of us but we are willing to take a risk for and in our lives. Is it scary? HELL yes, but we weighed our pros and cons, and the pros won. Remember, life is steadily evolving. And, we are on board.  

We both laughed about getting older and acknowledged that we are not getting any younger. We are not clueless to the fact that time is working against us so whatever we plan or want to do we need to get a move on it. I know there are countless people out there in the world that can relate to what I am saying.

Are you one of these people?

If you are, don’t fret you still have time to secure the life you really want. It all begins with you and what you want to do. Being able to admit that there is something missing in your life takes courage. After the admission, it takes even more courage to do something about it. People are always looking at other people lives from the outside, not realizing that it took a risk to get them to where they are. It didn’t just happen. It happened because of calculated risk. The pros and the cons.

Here’s what being a risk-taker does for you:

1.       Builds your confidence – Deciding to be a risk taker in your life builds your confidence. It allows you to be able to take chances in other areas of your life that at one time you would have never thought about.

2.       Builds your self-esteem – You can now look at yourself from a different perspective. There’s a different side of you that you didn’t know existed. You see yourself in a whole new light.  You can hold your head up high knowing you have finally done something positive for the betterment of your life.

3.       Gives you courage – It allows you to admit that there is something missing and to go for it. Before you can achieve anything in life you have to have the courage to set forth and accomplish it. Being a risk-taker gives you that courage to pursue what you want to achieve in life.

In life, I would hope we are all aspiring to be better than we once were. Hopefully, we are only in competition to make ourselves a better version of our previous selves. I would hope that when we decide to be a risk-taker it’s because we are trying to secure a future for ourselves and that of our family. It’s not about living like the “The Joneses” or about because so and so has this or that.

When we look at it from that prospective we tend to confuse the “pros” and “cons” and that causes people to make the wrong choice because of the wrong reasoning. When this happens our risk-taking becomes risky and we end up on the wrong end of the broomstick.

Today, make the choice to include risk-taking in your life and see where the chips land. You never know where you may end up. Life is full of surprises. Don’t get up in age and wonder, “I wonder if.” Make the decision and go for it. Be A Risk-Taker!   

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Are you willing to take a risk for your life?

Are you willing to do the research and see if the odds are for you or against you?

Are you willing to weigh the pros and the cons?

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Be Encouraged,