5 Ways You Can Learn to Embrace Risk Without Being Reckless
Things That Will Shift How You View Taking Risks or Making Big Changes In Your Life
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Since you’re a natural risk-taker, it’s important to learn ways you can embrace risk without being reckless.
From a young age, taking risks is part of a person’s makeup. As we grow older and have life experiences, which can include setbacks, disappointments, or failures, we become more cautious.
Not wanting to feel the emotions we felt when things didn’t go our way becomes a driving factor when we consider taking risks or making changes in life.
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What Does it Mean to Embrace Risk?
To embrace risks means to:
- Pursue something you want without focusing on whether you can achieve it or how you will do it.
- Challenging yourself to do something you haven’t done before, even though there is no guarantee things will work out.
- Allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable as you do difficult things.
- Being willing to face the consequences if what you’re going after doesn’t work out as you’d like.
- Acting despite not knowing whether something is the best thing you can do now.
The Difference Between Embracing Risk and Being Reckless
It’s important to understand the difference between embracing risk and being reckless. You should take risks, but never put yourself at risk.
When you embrace risk, it means:
- You have given thought to the decision you’ve made.
- You understand what’s involved if things don’t go as planned.
- You trust yourself and know you will figure things out.
- You have done your homework or due diligence before making a major change.
- You can reach out to people for support and guidance as needed.
Why Should You Learn to Embrace Risk
The advantages of learning to embrace risk include:
- You will achieve things you really want rather than what you think you can do.
- You will become aware of other opportunities.
- You will increase your self-confidence.
- You will learn things about yourself as you attempt to do things you haven’t done previously.
- You will have higher levels of clarity and direction in your life.
If you embrace taking risks as a healthy part of your personal growth, you can stop fearing it and view it from a positive perspective.
5 Ways to Embrace Risk Without Being Reckless
Here are five things you can do to embrace risk without being reckless, so you can shift how you view making changes in your life.
- Create a record of risks you’ve taken and the impact they’ve had. Since you were born a risk-taker, you already taken many risks. You’ve also survived them. Having an inventory of risks you’ve taken and how they’ve affected your life will confirm the need to continue taking them.
- Practice taking small risks regularly. Taking risks is like building a muscle. You can only strengthen it through use. As you get comfortable taking smaller risks, you will increase your confidence to take bigger ones.
- Train yourself to do a risk/benefit evaluation before making a big decision. While this may not be necessary every time, it’s valuable to do before making major changes. The purpose of doing this is to train yourself to focus more on what you have to gain rather than what you might lose.
- Associate yourself with people who take risks often. Surrounding yourself with people who are comfortable taking risks will have a positive effect on you. Ask them questions so you better understand how they evaluate risks. You will learn a lot just by being around them.
- Develop the habit of creating an action plan. Any risk worth taking is worth preparing for. Preparation can include identifying steps you will take to keep moving towards the outcomes you want. Knowing in advance what needs to be done will help prepare you to deal with unexpected events and also keep risks manageable.
Taking risks will cause you to expand your thinking and go beyond what you may believe is possible. As you learn to embrace risk, you will go further than you’ve ever done, which will help you see other opportunities.
To achieve big goals in life will require you to take risks, therefore learning to embrace risk will also eliminate any possibility of feeling guilt or regret.
Action Step: Identify one risk you know you need to take to move you closer to a goal you want to achieve. Consider the payoffs if you take the risk and how you can reduce any threats.
Question: What are other ways you can learn to embrace risk without being reckless?