This is part 3 of our series "Common But's". If you would like to read part 1 and 2, click the link to part 1 "It's too Hard!" and catch up!
Do you ever hear yourself faced with a decision and you say yourself, “I want to do___ but its too risky!”? I would say the majority of us would admit we are afraid of risk, however, we have to make sure we don't let it become a reason for not doing something we want or even NEED to do. If we do we will limit our ability to seek new opportunities of growth and improvement.
What does risk mean? According to dictionary.com risk is, “exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.” I want to focus on one word of that definition, “chance”. Yes, when you risk something there is definitely a chance something will go wrong but instead of viewing it as a chance many times we view it as a definite! We think if it CAN go wrong it WILL go wrong. This attitude stunts our growth and prohibits us from getting what we want. Take an example of wanting to move somewhere you have always wanted to live. If you let risk get in your way these kinds of thoughts may invade your mind, “how will I find a place to live?”. “how will I find a new job?”, “what will my family think about moving far away?”, “what if I don't like it as much as where I live now?”
The list of questions could go on and on. By the end of your negative self talk session you could easily convince yourself it is far too risky to move and you need to stay where you are now. Thankfully there are some ways to mitigate risk:
Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said “The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that is changing really quickly the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” I would agree with Mark, so stop saying, “but its too risky!” and get to work on deconstructing the risks you have been too afraid to confront and overcome, don't let them hold you back any longer.
J. Matthew King, Co-founder