5 Reasons You Need to Take More Risk
You can follow the safe, proven route that will prevent you from having to stand out if you failed, or you can take a chance with some new, innovative ideas that could take you to places you’ve never dreamed.
1.Risk gets you noticed
Most people will take the easy route, because in general the population lacks self confidence, and taking risk forces you to put yourself out there. You’re not just following the program when it comes to risk. Instead, you’re saying to those around you, “Look at my ideas.” Because it’s rare for people to take risk, when you do, you’ll get noticed.
2. Risk creates change
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, and to mindlessly follow the habits you’ve been entrenched in for years. So if you want something to change, you’re going to have to do something different. Doing something different is uncomfortable and comes with a sense of the unknown. After all, you haven’t proven it’s effectiveness yet. But taking this risk of lost time and unproven results, is the only way to create change, so it’s well worth the effort.
3. Risk makes you feel alive
There is a satisfaction to doing everything “right” and pleasing the world around you, but there’s also an undeniable thrill that comes from taking risk. The adrenaline that pumps through your body when you’re doing something in an entirely new way, is worth the risk on it’s own.
4. Risk creates a higher standard
When you begin taking risk and seeing the results it offers, a new standard begins to form in your mind. You are no longer satisfied with just enough, and know that in order to create something of excellence, you will need to go to the next level. This kind of behavior pushes you or your company forward and sets a new standard. Soon, a new comfort zone is created where risk is the norm, and the rate at which you are working is higher than before.
5. Risk teaches you more about yourself
Because risk is usually an expression of your own ideas, it can teach you a lot about yourself. The more comfortable you are with exploring new abilities within yourself, the more aware you will become of just what lies inside you. And the more success you experience within those areas, the more confident you will become.
Are there downsides to risk? Sure. That’s why it’s called risk. You could put yourself out there in a big way, and fall flat on your face. But what if you don’t? The benefits are worth it. Evaluate where you are and think about where you want to be, and take the risks necessary to get there.