Move out from your comfort zone
Many are just too comfortable in their comfort zone. They fail to take aggressive decisions as regards to issues in their lives.
Why are we so afraid to take risks? Why are we so stucked in our comfort zone , not willing to leave the well trodden path and do something that challenges us? We have really been conditioned to always seek security and a road of least resistance. That’s why you hear the conventional advice of “go to school, have good grades , so as to secure a high paying job. ” The fact is that life begins outside your comfort zone.
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The falseness of security
The need for security is one of the things that keeps us in our comfort zone. We have a need, as human beings, to want to stick to the familiar and predictable. It is in our attitude to like things we can control and understand. But, as Hellen Keller said: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” This need for “job-security” and such is exactly what keeps most people from living a truly satisfying and enriched life. The illusion of safety blinds them to the fact that, ultimately, life is passing them by whilst they are hiding in their comfort zone.The real living is outside your comfort zone.
Fear and doubt
Fear and doubt also keep us from taking risks. These two are the worst enemies you must conquer. Take the advice of Gareth O’Callaghan and “Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.”
Don’t be a dumb risk takers
There are many who literally walk over the edge , indulging in unnecessary risks. These ranges from gambling,drugs and alcohol abuse, prostitution , unwilling to plan, indecision, etc. These are definitely not intelligent or calculated risk-taking. Such risks are just plain dumb. You need to steer clear of dumb risk-taking , if you must advance in life, you should be willing to get out of your comfort zone by taking calculated risk.
Good risk taking
What you should do is be willing to make mistakes, hold unconventional or unpopular positions, never be afraid to take on a challenge, always keep focused on your dreams and do whatever it takes to achieve them. By taking such risks your personal growth, integrity and accomplishments are enhanced. You need to do something that forces you to stretch from your present state to a state of greater personal growth. This applies both in business as well as in our personal lives.
Quantum leaps in learning, solving problems, inventing new products, and discovering new phenomena require risk taking. Anything you will ever do in life is risky. Risk is, by definition, the possibility of incurring loss or misfortune. So “to be alive at all involves some risk.” The risk is of being alive is dying.
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When you go to school you risk failing your exams. When you marry you risk divorcing. When you drive you risk being involved in an accident. The very nature of life requires risk taking. A small child would never learn to walk, talk, or socially interact without taking risks, experiencing successes and failures, and then monitoring and adjusting accordingly.
Mistakes are part of life
John W. Holt would add that “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere.” Making mistakes is part of taking risks and it is part of growing. The key is to learn from your mistakes and keep moving ahead. However, the question that still remains is how can you take intelligent or calculated risks? Calculated or intelligent risks are those where the potential downside is limited, but the potential upside is virtually unlimited. The potential benefits of the risk should outweigh the potential losses if you are to take it. Otherwise it is not a good risk. Before you jump into anything always understand what you stand to lose and ensure that it is outweighed by what you stand to gain.
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Lessen the risk
A second aspect of intelligent risk-taking is to imagine all the things that could possibly go wrong when making a decision on whether or not to take a risk. The trick is then to put all the measures in place that you can to prevent those things from happening. But be careful never to be a perfectionist in this area. You cannot possibly prepare for every outcome. You need to have some faith in yourself and the fact that you are able to handle whatever comes your way.
Be ready to take action
Finally, learn to take action. The longer you procrastinate, the higher the likelihood that you won’t do something. Action is important for self-confidence to develop. With every small success your confidence will increase so as to take on bigger and better risks. “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not that one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act” (Andre Malraux).
Remember the words of Leo F. Buscaglia: “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” I know that that person is not you.For you to see the stars, you must stand in the dark.Also, for you to get the best in life you must step out of your comfort zone . You must be willing to to chart a new cause and blaze a trail in order to live a more fulfilled life.