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Learning to take risks

Updated: May 27, 2023

Most of us want to have better experiences but we stop to think about the possible consequences, challenges, or fears that such an experience causes us, regardless of whether they are real or are only limiting beliefs that exist in our minds.

Our mind is designed to keep us safe and most of us repeat patterns that seek to eliminate uncertainty or risk and raise confidence. Traditionally, taking risks is only for those who have overcome the fear of failure, for those who like to experiment and are comfortable with situations of uncertainty, or who can be negative. However, I want to share with you some tips that will help you take risks and increase your ability to transform yourself.

1. Plan the risks It is unsuccessful to devote energy and/or attention to trying to change things that are not strictly under our control area. Planning risks is not limited to identifying risks, it refers to classifying those where you can take action to mitigate or eliminate them completely (for example risk due to ignorance of an issue) and those that do not depend on us, for these it tries to separate them into small tasks and minimizes the risk.

2. Adopt a "gamified" perspective Gamification has become a popular approach in a variety of environments where you want to transform a risky activity into a fun one by simply changing the perception we have about an activity.

3. Taking risks? Evaluate the level of risk of an activity, seek to familiarize yourself with it, look for recommendations, take a course, buy a book or simply watch others do what you want to do. When we come to perceive that it is " possible" to execute a task, it is easier to "take the risk."

4. Regulate your emotions What do you feel before performing a risky activity? It is fear, anxiety, or stress that invades you when you perceive the level of risk as "high"; realize that it is you who associates that activity with those sensations or emotions that invade us before doing it. I recommend that you try to weigh that sensation when you "break down" that activity into smaller ones, in this way your level of fear, anxiety, or stress decreases in the same proportion.

5. Celebrate the action Taking a risk means executing a task; if you associate an incentive with the conclusion of that objective, there will be an additional motivator who will exert a strong influence on you to take the risk.

At MOMENTUM COACHES, we help you complete that journey of personal transformation, schedule a session with us and we will design that plan that will allow you to take on those risks that limit you and prevent you from overcoming yourself.


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