Weighing Risks in Your Personal and Professional Goals
Businessman and author Robert G. Allen once said, “Everything you want in life is just outside your comfort zone.” That means, in order to attain the success that you want in life, you need to take some risks. Whether you are pursuing a personal relationship or making career moves, risk-taking is an essential part of the process. Otherwise, you’ll find that you are limiting in your potential to grow. How do you know when to dive in and take risks?
What Do You Consider a Risk?
Risk-taking looks different for everyone. For some, simply networking with new people is a big risk due to social anxieties and fears. In terms of career-related risks, the stakes are often tied to finances. If you don’t have a nest egg, starting a new career or even transitioning between jobs in the same field can be a frightening prospect. To understand the weight of your potential risks, you must first outline where your comfort zone is and what is at stake when you pursue different opportunities.
When is the Time to Take a Risk?
Most people do not feel 100% comfortable taking a risk—after all, that’s the whole point. You need to push beyond your comfort zone and know that things may not play out exactly as you’d hoped. However, there are still going to be moments in life where risk taking makes more sense or has greater worth. For example, if you feel like you are stagnating in your current job, it may be time to take a calculated risk. Opening the door to new opportunities—whether that comes from applying to a new job within the company, pursuing professional training or working with a career coach—is likely worth the risk. A big question to ask yourself is, “What is the risk of not taking a chance?” There are usually risks with staying inside your comfort zone, too. Often, these risks are overlooked.
How Do You Come Back from Potential Failures?
Of course, with risk-taking comes the possibility of failure. It’s important to be prepared for the worst while working toward the best. When you do face setbacks and failures, you’ll build resilience to face greater challenges later.
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