The Key to Growth: Put Something at Risk

Always playing it “safe” might feel like the comfortable thing to do. But if you aren’t putting something at risk, then you aren’t going to grow. Life is a roller coaster with inevitable ups and downs, and you must be willing to embrace the ride and take risks along the way.

When you are putting something at risk, courage can show you that the potential rewards are worth it. Not only can taking risks have a positive impact on your professional life, but this principle also applies to your personal life as well.

What are You Putting on the Line?

One common trap in our modern world is getting caught in the pattern of consuming information without putting these principles into practice. Books are great, but you’re not putting anything at risk when you read them. You go to a seminar, and you’re not putting anything at risk. If you attend a free workshop, there’s nothing at risk. 

Even though the books, seminars, and workshops are all good steps, real growth comes when you apply the things you are learning. At the same time, this is where the risk factor needs to be addressed. For example, business principles or mindset practices put something at risk because you are changing the foundation of who you are.

Where Do You Want to Make More Progress?

The key to mitigating the potential negative results is to be strategic about how you are putting something at risk. Take a moment to consider what you want to accomplish and where you are not making the progress that you desire. If you have nothing at stake relating to this topic, then there is no risk.

Consider the benefits of the desired outcome. Then evaluate how you can leverage yourself more effectively through risk. When you have a bit of “skin in the game,” then it’s common to feel more motivated to take the steps that will move you closer to the goal.

Often, the size of the risk is proportional to the size of the results you can achieve. Any time you engage in the work to improve yourself or do something differently, you are putting something at risk. You might be risking time, money, or even part of your identity that is being changed.

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Taking risks teaches you more about yourself. It takes courage and the right mindset to step out of your comfort zone and do something different.

If you need support in this process, then consider finding a mentor or coach who can guide you through the growing pains. Effective Action Consulting is here to help with your career and business goals. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the services we offer.