#BrainFactMonday – Is The Risk Worth Taking? How Do You Know?

Posted on 27th February 2023

"If you don't take risks, you'll never know what your potential is.

"I've heard this recently and it truly resonated with me and summarises how I have lived my life so far. But it also prompted the question of how we assess the risk and whether it's worth taking it?

I'd be curious to hear your view on this.

My method of evaluating the risks I've taken is based on three factors:

๐Ÿ‘‰ What my ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น feels like when I consider the risk

๐Ÿ‘‰ Does taking this risk honour the majority of my ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Can I build a ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•? How bad will it be if I have to use it?

Because this is the point: if we don't have an ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ๐˜€, we may end up making inconsistent decisions that take us out of our comfort zone for the sake of it, rather than to help us feel alive.

Only if what we're going to accomplish actually connects with who we are and how we operate does it make sense to step outside of our comfort zone. Otherwiseโ€ฆ. What is the purpose? Risking anything to check another box? To once again live up to others' expectations?

So here's my recipe to assess if an exciting idea/project/job or jump into the unknown is worth taking or not:

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ and checking in your energy level from time to time, so that you can notice any empowering/disempowering triggers

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ (see in the comments below a great guide to creating a list of your values and how you can honour them)

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—• that you can revert to, including:

o Vision (benefits)

o Obstacles

o Resources you can rely on

o Tracking progress

The more detailed the plan B is, the more empowered you feel in taking the risk as your safety net feels solid and firm.

So how do you feel about taking risks? And how do you assess them? Could this framework be helpful? I hope so!

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