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I have been writing for the last couple of weeks about success. I realize that there are some inherent risks when it comes to success. Sometimes, the fear of taking the risk can be paralyzing.  You might have set that lofty goal and you are ready to go for it but something holds you back. Something inside you says, hold on, what do you think you are doing?

Fear steps in and you become unsure of that goal now.  You think to yourself, I am not ready. This isn’t the time. Maybe next year.

Here are 4 steps to help you as you navigate through taking risks:

It’s time to go back, regroup, get a grip and come equip! It’s time to overcome the uncertainty and fear.  Taking risks is part of life.  It is necessary to achieve new levels of leadership, to achieve goals.  If you want the most out of life, you will have to take risks and stretch yourself.  Something worth having is also worth taking a risk for. 

  1. Evaluate the risk. Before you begin, see the end in mind.  Imagine achieving your goal, imagine the benefits and rewards.  Keep your reason for wanting this in the forefront of your mind – know your ‘why’.
  2. Know the obstacles. Identify what may get in your way and prepare yourself mentally so when you do come up against an obstacle, you are prepared.
  3. Begin your journey.  No more getting ready to get ready. It is time to start. It is time to take that first step forward.
  4. Enjoy the journey. You may not hit your goal as quickly as you want and that is ok.  If you achieve it too easily, it wasn’t a stretch for you.

Risk taking is a crucial part of achieving goals and living your dreams.  You cannot get from A to B without taking a step.  And sometimes there will be rocks in the road.  Keep the end in mind and you will glide through the process better equipped for the journey.

Let’s take this risk together,


P.S. Check this piece on the 5 Things the Smartest Leaders Know about Risk-Taking

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