What does risk mean to you?
Do you think of it and cringe and decide you will go and do ANYTHING but contemplate a risk?
Do you take risk that isn’t calculated? Or is it always calculated?
I am about to fly to Orlando and take a BIG risk…getting WAY outside of my comfort zone.
I am going to speak and it’s a bit longer of a talk and a talk I have never done before. YIKES! Makes the belly nerves come WAY up and the inner chatter goes WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING SAYING YES?
So what does it take to really take ACTION and go for the risk?
1. You Have To Have A Why.
Something you want, something you believe in, something that makes you motivated to take the action. (My why with speaking is my passion to serve others to Stop The War Within™ and help them to move their inner critic to being their inner guide.)
2. You Are Either Moving Away From Something Or Toward Something.
Often we think this is positive or negative or good or bad. It just is what it is. We as humans are motivated to go towards something or away from something. We want more of something or less of something. (I am moving away from being isolated and quiet. I am moving away from staying in my comfort zone. I am moving towards using my voice in support and service to others.)
3. You Have To Take Action.
Contemplating risk is yes thinking and deciding so they count as action. Just thinking and deciding can put you outside of your comfort zone. In the end you will take action steps that come from those thoughts and decisions to realize your action. (I have thought about speaking for years. It was not until this past year I have taken it on seriously. I actively look for ways I can speak and spread the message. My stand, my why, is so big to me it propels me forward and IT actually is the gas and fuel for me to take the action.)
4. You Have To Breathe And Then Breathe Some More.
TONS of emotions will come up as you think about, decide and take action to risk. You are being brave and courageous to move outside of your comfort zone. TONS OF EMOTIONS. The great news is they are feelings and they will pass. THEY WILL. AND you can turn the full range of emotions into energy to keep you moving forward and taking steps. (If I didn’t risk and actually say yes I would still be in my head thinking I want to speak yet not actually doing it. One of my mentors says just pull the plug and go. Once you get on the path plan to fail, stumble and readjust. So I am pulling the plug and in play and learn mode.)
READY TO RISK IT?
Get out a paper and pen and write down with NO CENSORSHIP or JUDGEMENT what you WANT TO DO.
I don’t care if its two minutes from now or five years from now that you do it. JUST WRITE and WRITE and WRITE.
Ultimately this is your dream list of risks you want to take. I.e. tell your neighbor their dog always pooping on your driveway has to stop (yes, that could be a HUGE risk for some!), going on stage, skydiving, or telling someone you love them.
The definition of risk is yours to create. My risk is not your risk, etc. so make sure this is YOUR list.
Once you have it all written down, I want you to put it somewhere you will see it. If it’s a risk to post it then put it inside of your calendar or purse. Just make sure you put it where you will see it every day.
Then, in the comments below, tell me one thing you are going to do this week that is on that list.
SAY YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS this is what I am going to do and then I cant wait to hear back when you have done it. (Psssst – even if you don’t do it actually, I want to hear from you about what it was like and how far you got in the process. They are all wins!)
Hugs and more hugs to all of your risk takers!