There are many ways to change your life for the better. And one simple, yet seemingly scary choice we can make is to be taking more risks in life.
The problem with this path to positive change is that most of us fear taking risks!
We may fear rejection, failure and change. We may fear uncertainty.
We think about taking a risk and our innate fight/flight response kicks in.
On top of that, many of us have a warped relationship with fear, where we think fear is bad, and that we should stay away form it.
But actually fear isn't bad, and neither is risk!
In fact, risk is the very thing that can make us feel alive, and the fear we get with taking risks is just a feeling message to tell us that we're going outside of our familiar comfort zone.
We can either choose to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass us by, or get out of our comfort zones and thrive!
What’s the worst that could happen?
For many of us, it's all too easy to get stuck into a routine that provides comfort and safety. But, we have to ask ourselves, are we truly living?
Yes, some risks shouldn’t be taken because the consequences could be disastrous. However, with a little bit of discernment, we can take calculated risks that will benefit us regardless of the outcome.
Say for instance, you see an attractive person in a coffee shop, and you want to say hi. What’s the worst that could happen? They're not interested, but you took that risk which ultimately didn’t hurt you in the end. And doing so likely boosted your courage. So no regrets! It's all about the attitude you take.
Or there are more serious risks that you could be taking, such as leaving the job you aren’t so thrilled about, or moving to a new country. Again, what is the worse that could happen? If things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to, at least you learnt a lot more about yourself and the world in the process. Plus, you can always go home and go back to the same type of job if you want to!
Risks help to build confidence & open up possibilities
By taking risks, you give yourself permission to try things out, to learn, to fail, to grow and to explore. You get to test your limits and go beyond what you believed was possible. You can to go after the things in life you really want!
By doing this, you naturally build up your self-confidence, growing as a person and opening up a whole new world for yourself.
Taking risks opens up new opportunities that you may not have thought possible for yourself.
By taking risks you get better at knowing what you want
Risks helps you to get clear on what you want out of life.
They make you more consciously aware of what is important to you, what you want and don't want, as part of your planning and decision making process.
Just the level of clarity you get from planning to take a risk helps you to feel more empowered and in control, as the leader of your life and the master of your own destiny.
Risk taking builds self-trust
When you take a risk, you generally do so with awareness after balancing your logic and intuition, to decide what is best for you. By taking action aligned to your own inner compass in this way, you build a level of trust in yourself.
And trusting yourself and knowing when to take action on something you really want only serves to further elevate your self-confidence.
Risks make life exciting and colorful
What would happen if we never took risks?
Life would become monotonous and boring. Nobody wants a boring life, yet it’s such an easy option to resort to, in order to stay safe and in our comfort zones.
Not taking risks means we fail by default
It boils down to making a decision.
Although your heart may be racing, and your palms many be sweating, think about what would happen if you didn’t take the chance?
Would you regret the missed opportunity?
We only have this one life, why not stretch yourself to new heights! You never know what could happen… and isn’t that exciting?
Take action starting from today
You don’t need to jump head first into a tonne of risks, but you can practise the art of taking one small risk each day.
It can be as simple as saying hello to someone new, learning a new skill or applying for a new job. Whatever your comfort threshold is, start testing it out each and every day.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
Because this is where real growth happens. Ultimately, this risk-taking habit alone will transform your life!
Related Resources for Taking Risks in Life
- 7 Pillars for Creating Positive Change
- How to Overcome Fear – The Ultimate Guide
- How to Confidently Take a Leap of Faith