This week I want to talk about taking the risk. I thought it would be a nice follow-up to last weeks post about true courage.
I was reading an article by Best Selling Author and Forbes Columnist, Margie Warrell. And she had some pretty interesting things to say about risk taking. Let me paraphrase her four major points. First, we focus on the probability of failure. I am sure that we all can relate to that whether it’s in our relationships, our careers or just in life in general. I think we almost always go to what’s wrong with our ideas instead of what’s right. The second point she touched on was exaggerating the consequences of what might happen if something does go wrong. I do this one very well! I can’t tell you the number of times that I have allowed this little hidden talent of mine to prevent me from doing or saying something that the world really needed. The third point spoke about our ability to handle the consequences of taking a risk. In this point, she emphasizes that “…women are the biggest culprits when it comes to underestimating their abilities and buying into self-doubt.” I wonder how true that statement would be if I added “women from diverse backgrounds….” The final point that Ms. Warrell made was how we discount the cost of inaction and perpetuate the status quo. I imagine there are quite a few areas in life that I am sure we are all saying this in.
So with all of this in mind, I ask the same questions that Ms. Warrell asks:
- What are the areas in your life where you could be courageous?
- How will continuing to stick with the status quo in that area cost you one year from now?
- Where in life, are you under-estimating yourself and holding back from taking a risk?
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If you are interested in reading Ms. Warrell’s article in its entirety, go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/06/18/take-a-risk-the-odds-are-better-than-you-think/by