It’s only those who take risks who make it big in life. Unless you’re lucky enough to win a lottery, the saying holds true. We are all stuck somewhere, and unless we do something different, we will not be able to achieve our goals. You wanted to be a scientist when you were young. If you did not study science in your school, it’s a risk that you did not take to fulfill your dream to become a scientist. However, not all risks are that easy.
Most often, you are faced with a tough business decision. You need to invest a huge sum of money and it’s all or nothing. What do you do then? Should you take the plunge? While smart decisions will help you to earn more, the wrong decisions can cost you dear. So, how do you know when the risk is too much?
Do you always want to play things safe? Are you afraid to try something new because of the fear to fail? Maybe you need to rethink your choices and decisions. If you don’t take risks, you will remain where you are today, and everyone else will get ahead of you. Some years later you will most probably wonder where you went wrong. But by then it will be too late. Here are five questions you must answer if you want to be able to calm down a little and take a step forward to take that risk.
1. What’s the worst that could happen?
Yes, assume you take this risk, and you fail at it. Think, what’s the worst thing that could happen as a result of this failure? You shouldn’t be emotional, but logical here. Think if this thing will matter as much to you a few months or years later. You also need to think if this is going to give you something positive if it works out. Now that you’ve analyzed both sides of it, you should be able to decide what matters to you the most.
2. Am I fully committed?
You need to be serious about the risk you’re taking. Be sure of how much the success means to you. You shouldn’t lose interest or hope once you have taken the leap. You must accept that it’s not going to be easy always, but the result is worth it. So, give your best to achieve the desired result of the risk and don’t stop trying. If the risk you’re taking is a life changing one you have to be 100% focused and committed to it.
3. What are you willing to give up?
You have to be ready to sacrifice certain things if you want to succeed. The bigger the risk, the more you sacrifice usually. You might have to change your lifestyle, your habits, your schedule, your perspective of life and a lot of other things. For something to succeed you need to be willing to give up on a lot of things. Taking a risk means doing something you haven’t done before, this also means not doing something that you have always been doing.
4. Will this change my life for better?
You have to think about it. Is there something good that can come out of it? Is this going to make you happy in the future? And will this mean that you get something that you always wished you had? If the answer is yes, if it brings positive thoughts to your mind about something good and nice that can happen to your life, then you are definitely on the right track.
5. What’s stopping me from taking a risk?
Is it the fear of losing someone or something? Or is it the fear of being a failure? If you are really devoted to something and sure to be faithful to the one’s close to you, then this shouldn’t be a worry or concern for you. Is it someone else who is instilling this fear of failure in you? You need to stay away from everything and every person who can have a negative impact on your life. Never let anyone control your life forever because that’s what they’ve always been doing. Talk to them and try and make them understand why this risk and the decision is important for you.
These tips will help you know just when you shouldn’t take the plunge. Remember, you will need to take risks in life to succeed. However, it’s about planned and smart decisions rather than take the first risk that comes in front of your eyes. The question is, do you have what it takes to make the right decisions?