Do you take risks..?
You are of which type .. “Take a risk” or “play it safe”?
We are made to believe that taking risks is a negative thing. They say, “Why should you take unnecessary risks and spoil your future?”. When such conditioning washes our brain, self-doubting starts like “Should I leave that now..? Will it be a flop if I do it again as it was not proper last time..?”
Infact most of the time, the risks which we perceive wont be as risky as it appears since human mind normally have a tendency to exaggerate adverse conditions.
These social conditioning followed with insufficient information or not-updated information and self-driven intuitions act as inertia on our mind and pulls us back to the comfort zone.
In addition we always have an inherent bias towards the comfort zone which keeps us glued to the current state and reluctant to changes. Obviously, it could be a reason for postulating risk as a negative thing as risks bring in changes.
We cannot stay in mother’s womb forever even though it’s the most comfort zone. We have to come out and explore the world. There would be challenges outside the comfort zone. If you just wish to be idle and comfortable wherever you are, please keep a board outside stating “ I am obeying Newton’s first law so please don’t try to change my position with any external forces”
If you want to enjoy the colors of life, take “calculated risks”.
I said calculated risks, as progressivism or adventures should not be a dangerous weapon.
They say, “Just do what you are most passionate about”. But add a little planned forethought too before diving in. Don’t just jump right into that making it dangerous for your safety and wellbeing.
So first of all think over it, if it’s a good risk or a stupid one.
If you are ready to take a risk ask yourself, “What’s the margin of error, and how much error or loss can I withstand?”
Then do a lot of research followed with a safety assessment. Evaluate the pros and cons of risk taking – How much will I gain versus How much can I bear to lose.
Sometimes fear causes you to overestimate the risks and makes you “play it safe” types. Likewise lack of fear makes you underestimate it and jump right into that risking your life. Let there be a balance between adventures and cautions. Let one of the two “conservatism and progressivism” win at a time based on your instincts.
Opportunities won’t knock at your door multiple times. If some thoughts are put in before jumping into a situation, (“the risk” in others language) the risk would be under control and opportunity in your hands.
If you are a person with a flood of ideas, you may want to avoid certain “good opportunities” for some other “best opportunities”. In that case avoiding an opportunity itself is a risk you are taking based on some calculations.
Acquire this skill to say “Yes to calculated risks”. It’s simple to say, but with practice only you will be set for the same. Be ready to ‘accept changes’ with calculated risks. Ignore the naysayers as changing is a part of growing up as I mentioned in my post How to deal with “You’ve changed a lot”
Live in the moment and check which option gives you a better survival advantage at the moment without compromising self compassion. Definitely, todays rights need not be a better option for tomorrow as the world itself is changing and releasing many unknowns. So have a little room for flexibility too for tomorrow.
Why I love risks..?
- I don’t like to be a blind follower or a copycat
- I don’t want monotonous moments in my life
- I wanna enjoy the thrill of uncertainties
- I need my days to be more and more fulfilling
- I love winning over my fear for something
- I need to find my true self and be better than it
Now why do you love risks..?