If we think about many of life’s greatest achievements, most (if not all) of them require going outside of your comfort zone. For example, overcoming a fear of public speaking to perform onstage, seeking investment to help your business grow, or making the commitment to actively trying to find love. It’s safe to say that some of life’s most rewarding experiences come as a result of taking risks.
It is also safe to say that many of us have a difficult time dealing with the uncertainty that goes along with taking risks. A feeling of resistance grows out of not knowing the outcome and a fear of potential failure manifests itself. We may then begin to overthink, for example “what if I embarrass myself in front of everyone? What if I lose the business/investment? What if I open my heart and get hurt?”
... “What if I’m not good enough?”
To quote Erin Hanson here “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”
When we take risks, we must confront our own fears, and sometimes that leads to failure… But what if that wasn’t such a bad thing after all?
5 risks that we should take:
1. Cut emotional cords from toxic and negative people in your life.
When you cut the cords, you might feel lonely at first because you have just let go of something that’s been attached to you for so long. But you are making room for something new to come in. Focus on moving forward.
2. Get out of your comfort zone and stretch your boundaries.
Empower your inner courage. Do this until it feels normal for you to do.
3. Remove attachment to your past self. This includes the time spent building up your past self.
If you want to truly discover, embrace, and live your most authentic self, you need to put opinions that old friends and family have of you, behind you. You need to get rid of the life you have planned for the life that is waiting for you.
4. Have the courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable.
That is the only way you can experience the most amazing feelings in the world.
5. Take all the risks where the rewards are worth fighting for.
When weighing the pros and cons of something, don’t forget to calculate the opportunity cost.
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