Whether you love taking risks or avoid it like the plague, you can’t get away from this simple fact, you have to be willing to take risks to create change and design the life and results you really want. Here is why:

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Taking Risks (Part 2) – Why you MUST do it!

Taking Risks - Why you MUST do it

Whether you love taking risks or avoid it like the plague, you can’t get away from this simple fact:

You have to be willing to take risks to create change and design the life and results you really want. 

Here is why:

  • to create a new outcome or result in your life you have to do something new and different
  • that means making change
  • creating change involves…..TAKING A RISK

So, if you are not willing to take risk you are always going to stay stuck where you are, getting the same results you are getting now.

Now, I am not suggesting you throw caution to the wind and run around taking as many risks as you can with your fingers crossed it will catapult you to the changes, life and results you really want. Taking risks that really help you design the life and results you really want is a lot more strategic than that and needs proper planning in order to create change that lasts.

Life isn’t about taking risks. It is about knowing which risks to take.

Many years ago, I used to be really risk adverse. As a result, I didn’t have the life, work or relationships that I really wanted. I realised that to have what I really wanted I was going to have to take some calculated risks.

So I set out to learn how to take calculated risks and boy am I glad I did. Assessing and taking calculated risks is now part of my ongoing design life strategy. Because without it change won’t happen.

So, if you are serious about creating change to design the life and results you really want look at your own relationship with taking risks. Maybe it is time to work out if you might benefit from taking some calculated risks.

In part 3 of this Taking Risks mini series we will explore some practical do’s, don’ts and tips of taking calculated risks. In the meantime, please share your experiences, challenges and successes with taking risks in the comments below.

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  • Walter, your point about people staying in their comfort zone is so true. Yet it is only when we step out of our comfort zone that we can move to a different place. There is a need to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable!!! Thanks for dropping by.

  • Walter

    Few people understands the wisdom behind taking risk. It has been the habit of our mind to secure itself within its comfort zone. No wonder few succeeds in life. 🙂

  • Ali,

    A great tip from your Uncle Chris. Learning to live outside our comfort zone will allow us to experience the discomfort of making changes and taking a risk.

    Regards

    Paul

  • That is a key point. We need be OK with not always feeling safe.

  • Yes, no risk, no fun !

    But fear in general is so overrated. I've started to listen to my inner voice – my intuition – about a year ago and my life has changed in ways I can't fully grasp. Fear is always growing in your mind – it's an illusion (the fear that's created by society , not the primal fear). If you really have a deep connection with your body, then you know which risk to take. And it's not even risk anymore, it's paving the path to your destiny. As long as you follow your inner voice, you'll act according to your role in the universe. Then fear will become obsolete. The most fearful people are the ones that are out of tune with their soul.

  • Fear really does paralyse many people., yet it doesn't exist. It is a feeling that is generated from a thought pattern. Learning to change thought patterns and habits is a very powerful way deal with fear. This is why I am so passionate about the whole area of Mindset and the impact it has on business, career, life and families.

  • You have to take risks in life. They expand your comfort zones and once your stretched them they can't return to their original size. You become bigger and stronger for taking a risk.

    You can't win the game if you're not on the playing field

  • That is so true Ben. After taking the risk of leaving the Corporate world to run my own business and moving from the UK to Ireland to live, taking claculated risks has become easier and easier. Once you do a couple if “biggies” taking calculated risks becomes just a way of being as seeing the benefits outweighs staying in the comfort zone hugely. Interestingly, looking back, staying in the comfort zone was often a painful place to be!

  • You got it — Ali! “As a result, I didn’t have the career or lifestyle I really wanted. I realised that to have what I really wanted I was going to have to take some serious risks.” Me too!

  • Julie, risk taking is like any other behaviour – the more you do it the easier it becomes. Then one day you discover it has just become a habit, second nature and a way of being. Also once you see the benefits, it becomes a no brainer.

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  • ginabad

    I’m risk adverse too. Great way to put it! Following this series because it’s recently become clear I can’t do that anymore.

  • To me it is like any other behaviour or habit…it can be learnt and developed in ways to serve you and support you to create the life you want and to achieve your goals.

  • Susan Williams

    Really, there’s not much in life that IS in our control. Control is ultimately an illusion. All of life has risks, whether we like it, or not.

  • So true Susan.

  • Becky Blades

    Such an important message! The riskiest way to live is to avoid all risk.

  • Becky, that is the philosophy I like to live and work by. Having said that, I think it is important that it be well calculated risks.

  • Great advice Ali! I really needed this today. Thank you.

  • Rena, I a delighted you found it useful.