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Is Playing It Safe Holding You Back? Four Risks You Need to Take

Challenge assumptions

The world is changing fast. Holding on to the ideas of yesterday can prevent you from achieving success tomorrow.

Be willing to step away from the old assumptions into a place of not knowing. This will leave room to acquire new knowledge to move to a place you truly want to go.

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Is Playing It Safe Holding You Back? Four Risks You Need to Take

Is Playing It Safe Holding You Back? Four Risks You Need to Take

https://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/02/19/four-risks-you-need-to-take/

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Risk awkward conversations

We are apt to choose the path of safety instead of speaking about issues that worry us. We do not address the problems and fail to influence a change or produce results.

Risk the difficult conversations and speak up.

Challenge assumptions

The world is changing fast. Holding on to the ideas of yesterday can prevent you from achieving success tomorrow.

Be willing to step away from the old assumptions into a place of not knowing. This will leave room to acquire new knowledge to move to a place you truly want to go.

Risk rejection

If all you do is conform, that is all you have to offer.

To set yourself apart, be willing to walk your own path and do what you expect of yourself versus what others expect of you.

Risk imperfect decisions

As we start to reach success, we become more cautious and less willing to take risks. 

Sticking with the status quo is a decision. Waiting until you have all the information will cripple you. Sometimes you have to trust your instinct and move into uncertainty.

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Making space for possibilities

Making space to take on risk is all about the journey. You have to unlearn what no longer serves you. For example, unlearning other peoples quick fixes and schemes. 

Looking forward

Playing it safe prevents you from leaping into the opportunities along your path.

If you wait until you are ready you might not follow the path you want to choose. Trust yourself to do your best.

Ask yourself what makes you happy

An opportunity should not only be viewed by the benefits it provides. 

Knowing how the opportunity will make you happy should also have an influence on your decisions.

Be willing to gamble on yourself

Moving on in life is possible if you have a good understanding and knowledge of yourself.

Believe in yourself that you are able to figure out a way forward. 

Double down

Finding a good opportunity may leave you to put everything in to make it work, and the confidence to move beyond your safety nets. 

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