Risk taking fills us with the horrific feeling of being stressed. It takes us out of our comfort zone. It makes us feel uncomfortable, uneasy, and not in control.
So, we avoid it. To the best of our ability that is. We try to make every day as risk free as possible, in order to try and keep each day, and ultimately our lives, as stress free as possible. It makes sense really. We want to be stress free.
But the unfortunate thing is that, in life, we actually wont achieve anything without taking risks. That’s what it boils down to. If we lived every day without taking the smallest of risks, then we go nowhere.
Think of it like this…..
We take a risk when we go on a date to meet a future partner. We take a risk when we drive a car. We take a risk when we fly on holiday. We take a risk when we buy a house. Life is full of risk taking, even if you don’t realise it.
The bigger the risk, the bigger the opportunity of a return.
Its known as the computer game syndrome. If/when you play a computer game, we take risks in abundance, because there is no fear of it actually affecting your life in any way. But as soon as we place the fear of losing something, whether it be money, a loved one, a belonging, then our risk taking drops. So why?
Well we usually look at the negative outcome of the risk. We are far more concerned about losing £100, instead of the possibility of making it turn into £150. So we then don’t take the risk. Our mind floods with negative thoughts and doubts. What if scenarios fill our mind. We run the equation through our brain, and it usually comes out negatively.
But, like I mentioned above, if we are to be successful, we need to take risks.
The most successful people in every walk of life, took huge risks to get to where they are. You can look at the profile of any millionaire or billionaire and they will have taken massive financial risks to get to where they are.
Any major musician will have taken a risk at their first gig or concert.
Any major sports star will have taken a risk somewhere in their quest for glory.
And the difference between them and the rest. The believed that risk would pay off. Sure now and again it didn’t. But their unwavering belief that risk taking pays off, results in major success.
So next time you are thinking of doing something, calculate in your head the return on that risk, and if it adds up, go for it.
Take that leap of faith. Be more daring. You never know. It could change your life!