Risk is defined “as exposing (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.” Honestly, how many of us actually take risks? The truth is we take some risk every day – we drive a car with only a yellow line separating us from the other car, we fly in planes, and I am sure the list could go on. Most of us don’t think of these things as risks, right?
Often, my fear of failing stops me from stepping out into uncharted territory. Although I believe that you learn from your mistakes, I am often hesitant to walk on a path that is less traveled. Taking a risk can sometimes mean just stepping out of your comfort zone.
I talk a lot about stepping out of your comfort zone . I believe that many of us don’t and as a result, we are kept from reaching our full potential and our goals in life and in business. So whether you are jumping into a new job, a new relationship, a new business or anything else that takes you out of your comfort zone, here are some tips to determine if you should take a risk or not:
- Trust yourself. When you take a risk, you need to trust that you have the skills to reach your ultimate goal. If you lack self-confidence, the first step is identifying your weakness. Then seek out others who can help you through the struggles.
- Think creatively. Being unique is wonderful. Standing out or above the crowd allows us to shine. Remember that when you step outside of the box, you don’t want to loose sight of your vision/goal. You can be creative while still using some of the tried and true ideas that have helped others be successful.
- Know your field and product/service. Love what you do and the rest is easy. I have taken risks many times when it came to new jobs. The secret to all of them was that I loved what I did. I learned everything I could so that I could be an expert in that particular area. If you are joining a direct sales company, LOVE their products. Learn from those who have gone before you. Take classes. Read books. Network with others in your field and out of your field.
- Implement a support system and seek expert advice. When I stepped out of my comfort zone to join a direct sales company, I found an AMAZING support system in my upline and other Thirty One sisters. Find a network of professionals who you trust that can guide you in those areas where you are weak. Here are a few that have helped me: Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women, The Desiree Wolfe, Eryka Peskin, JulieAnn Jones, Britt Bolnick and the list goes on personally and professionally.
- Show courage. Sometimes it just comes down to – Do I have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and take a RISK. “By showing courage, you are also showing good leadership skills” – I never really thought about that.
Never give up. Stepped out and it didn’t work out? Maybe you didn’t get the response you were looking for? Maybe you it didn’t turn out like you planned? Okay – build a bridge and get over it. Learn from this and move on.
- Don’t listen to negatives. Ignore Negative Nellie. Stop talking to her since those negative thoughts will undermine your self-confidence. If she has taken up residence in your head – close the door on her and find some positive affirmations to keep the door locked. This is sometimes our biggest hurdle.
Risk means there is a potential for loss. It means that we are stepping out of our comfort zone and walking in FAITH. If the risk is God-centered, then he will lead us through it. Even if it is not a success or is a flat out FAIL, there is a lesson that can be learned. Step out of your comfort zone, take a risk and see where it leads. What will you do today to step out of YOUR comfort zone?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!