Take a Risk for Ultimate Success and Wealth
Why do success and wealth seem to elude so many people in today’s society? It’s easy to blame the down economy, bad luck, the personal challenges we face… we’re often willing to point the finger at just about anything other than ourselves. Today I’m offering a little bit of “tough love” to help you unlock your potential to gain success and wealth. The plain fact of the matter is that unless we’re willing to step outside our comfort zones and try other possibilities that require risk when we want more success and wealth, our biggest and best dreams will remain just that… dreams that are unfulfilled.
Soren Kierkegaard, a famous Danish philosopher, had this to say about risk-taking: During the first period of a man’s life, the greatest danger is not to take the risk. Of course taking a risk is easier said than done. Why is it so hard? What are we so afraid of? The fear of failure looms large for many people. If you fail, what will people think? I believe many of us are overly concerned about what others think and should pay more attention to what we think about ourselves. Do you really want to find yourself towards the end of your all-too-short life on this planet saying, If only I had been willing to take that chance…maybe I would have had more success and wealth to enjoy my life.
Achieving Success and Wealth Depends on the State of Your Risk-Taking Muscle
I’d like you to think about risk-taking as a muscle. It is something that you must work to build up and exercise it to keep it in shape. What happens to muscles that we don’t use? They get flabby and fail us when we need them most. Athletes undergo physical training to keep their muscles in shape, and we must do the same with our risk-taking muscle. If taking a risk is something you normally avoid at all costs, then you’re going to have to work hard at developing this under-used muscle. But like any physical training or exercise, once it becomes a habit, the benefits you get from it just keep rolling in and make your life better and better. Consider this question: What if the only way we can grow is by trying new things and risking failure? Don’t let a flabby risk-taking muscle be the one thing holding you back from achieving your dreams!
4 Tips for Building Your Risk-Taking Muscle for Success and Wealth
Now that you understand how important it is to take risks, let me give you some tips and strategies that will help you get underway as successfully as possible:
1. Push the edge of the envelope. Author T. S. Eliot said that only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. Do you know how an athlete builds their muscles? They take themselves up to their physical limit and then purposefully push themselves a little beyond that limit. That is what builds any muscle, including your risk-taking muscle.
2. Let go of perfection. If you’re a perfectionist, that’s going to be a barrier to risk-taking because you’re unwilling to engage anything unless you know you can make it perfect. Few things in life are perfect, so aim high and embrace failure as a learning opportunity.
3. Be realistic with your timeframe. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Success and wealth will not come overnight. You have to take the risk to get started, and you need to realize it will take some time to achieve your dreams.
4. Get support. Make sure to line up some people who will be cheerleaders to keep you going, offer a shoulder to cry on when the going gets rough, and also hold you accountable to taking risks to achieve your success and wealth dreams. They may even be people who will be willing to take the risk with you. A risk shared is a risk halved!
Getting your risk-taking muscle in shape may seem daunting at first, but it’s something you must do to make your dreams come true. Just remember that, as Frederick Wilcox famously said, Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. You CAN achieve more success and wealth in your life but you have to be willing to take the risk, so let go of the fear and dive right in!
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