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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 8)

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(…continued from last week)

Getting The Gold Medal

Let’s look at some of the Do’s and Don’ts of taking a risk.

You do have to have a goal. Any risk taken without a clear purpose, without a specific step-by-step plan, tangible, action-oriented, visible, etc. is in for trouble. You have to have a goal. It needs to be clear and you have to know what you’re trying to get to.

Do know the losses that are potentially involved. If you don’t expect loss and it happens it’s going to catch you by surprise and undermine your efforts. In order to achieve anything new, you have to give-up something else. What are you trading off? What are the things you are losing or leaving behind?

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Do act decisively. Once you’ve decided this risk is worthy of you and it’s time–take action! You consider the negative, you weigh the consequences, you focus on the positive, and you begin.

Also, don’t ignore problems that come up, plan on them. Because things happen, obstacles get in the way. Don’t be surprised, don’t let the difficulty knock you off your game. Analyze what occurred, revise your plan, and keep going.

Don’t pretend that you’re all powerful. If you’re feeling fear, admit it. There are times that fear can be a guide for you. Again, it’s the yellow traffic light–it’s a warning. Your fear is a guide for safety, ignoring it is like a fire alarm going off in your house–you don’t immediately have to race out of the house but you do need to figure out if there’s an actual fire. And if there is then get out. So if you’re feeling fear, don’t ignore it. Check it out, do something about it.

Don’t be unrealistic; nobody gets it perfect. Are there going to be mistakes along the way? Without a doubt. So don’t be unrealistic expecting everything to work perfectly, exactly when it’s supposed to, without any hitches whatsoever.

Make sure you keep continuously asking questions. It’s your life and you need to know as much as you possibly can. So make sure that during the process you’re asking effective questions to keep you on-track.

Don’t misplace your emotions. Don’t take risks out of fear, out of anger, because you’re hurt, because you’re depressed, because somebody else says you ought to. Those feelings can undermine where you’re going.

Emotional risks should only be taken with emotional issues. If you’re angry you need to slow down, deal with your anger and then act if it’s still makes sense.

If you’re feeling sad, don’t do something just because you’re sad. Do something after you’ve worked through the process. You managed the depression and the sadness and now are getting yourself going, moving in a new direction.

Do take time to correct mistakes. Remember we’ve got to be flexible, mistakes are going to happen, it’s an given that if you’re a human being on the planet, you’re not perfect. There’s going to be mistakes so maintain that flexibility and go in a new direction.

Do be brave, have courage. The reason you’re afraid is not because you’re weak, it’s because the things that are facing you are real and they are kind of scary. So you have to step up and have courage. Brave people are those people who act in spite of fear, not stopped by it. Nobody enters into something brand new without at least a little bit of anxiety so be brave, have courage and act anyhow.

Know your limits. Know when you shouldn’t take action. Know what’s telling you it’s time to stop and when it’s time to pull the plug.

Don’t be in a rush. We want things easier, better, faster, instantaneously but take time to know where you’re going and what you’re doing. Prepare, if possible practice your risk in private. Go through it in your mind, think it through before you actually implement it. Imagine to yourself ‘what you are going to do, what’s going to happen, what are the steps, what needs to be done, is there someone else involved, what’s it going to look like as you’re doing it, how do you feel, how do you want to feel, what are you going to do to take the direction? Don’t be in a rush.

Once you’ve committed–don’t delay. Step up, take action. Don’t stand on the edge of the chasm looking down and terrify yourself. “Yaaah! Look at that!!!” Look but don’t let your negative self-talk ramp up and overwhelm you. If you’re committed, you know you’re going to do it. Get ready. Then step up and take action.

Do give the other people credit who are helping you along the process. If somebody does something that makes your life easier, let them know. Part of the reason everyone works is for kudos. So if somebody does something to benefit you or gives you a boost along the way, let them know how much you appreciate them and what they contributed.

Do your very best. If you’ve done the very best you can in the situation even if it fails, you then feel good about you because you know you did your best. Always give it the very best shot you’ve got, no matter what. Don’t argue with reality. If something happens and you just can’t pull it off, be real, don’t beat your head against the wall. There comes a time to say ‘Enough, I’ve got a headache, I can tell this is not going to break the wall, time to quit.’

Do make a timetable, have deadlines, have a course of action – I’m going to do X by this time, Y by that time, Z by this time. Set up a timetable, make an action plan, set the deadlines because we all work better with deadlines.

Don’t take a risk just to prove yourself, that’s foolishness. Take a risk because it makes logical sense to do this action, this is not stupid, nor a foolhardy risk, this is doing something because this is going to improve your life, make your situation better, enhance your world, help the people you love and care about. Risk only to take your life to the next level and to learn, grow and evolve.

Don’t blame other people if you fail. If you fail, you screwed up. Own it. There is no shame in owning up to it not working out. There is shame in blaming it on someone else. If you took the risk, if you did it, if you bought the ticket–own it. It’s okay to fail. You don’t have to be perfect.

(to be continued…)

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