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Risk taking is not a negative activity. It is not about trying to put yourself in situations where your health or your money are at risk. Instead, risk taking must be viewed as a positive activity. Furthermore, risk taking must also be viewed as a necessary activity, one that conveys positive benefits on those who assume the risk. After all, if you never try to succeed, you can never hope to succeed. In other words, when you avoid risk all you do is avoid the chance for success. The bottom line is that risk is beneficial. In this article were going to take a closer look at some of those benefits.
Success Must Be Pursued
If you want to succeed, you have to work to achieve the goals that make up any positive outcome. No matter what success means to you, it can’t be achieved by sitting back and waiting for it to happen. It will not simply drop into your lap. You need to have a real fire in your belly in order to succeed. This means that you will have to take risks in order to accomplish what you want to accomplish and reap the rewards of those accomplishments. Think about it this way. Risk itself is a bloodhound. Risk pursues success. Risk points the way to success. It shows you the direction that you want to go. Without risk, you can lose the path that leads you to your goals. Without risk, you are lost.
Taking Risk Changes You
When it comes down to it, fear is the number one thing that kills all chance of success. Oftentimes, this fear is not a fear of failing (although for many people, that is an issue as well). Instead, the fear that holds many people back is actually a fear of success.
Now, being afraid of success seems totally illogical. After all, isn’t achieving success supposed to bring happiness? However, no matter how illogical it may seem, fear of success is a real thing simply because success brings about change. Change is what many people really fear.
There is no need for this fear. Change is good. It opens windows in your life and airs things out. It gives you a new perspective. By taking risks, you bring about this necessary change. When you take a risk, you see that incremental and positive changes in how you act and feel are not frightening. Quite the opposite, they are there to be embraced.
Micro habits are so small that they feel like they should sort of succeed automatically. That’s what makes them so frustrating when, for whatever reason, they don’t.
The good news is, you can set up any micro habit for success with just three simple steps:
- Focus on one micro-habit at a time. Because micro-habits are small, it’s easy to think you can create a whole slew of them to fix your life all at once. After all, they’re just small changes, right?
The problem is that even small changes can add up, especially when you have a whole big long list of them. So rather than getting caught up trying to remake yourself entirely, pick just one micro habit to establish. Then don’t allow yourself to pick up another one until the first is already well-established.
- Link the new micro-habit to one that’s already in place. To do this, look at what you’re trying to establish. See if there is another habit you already have in place to which you can link this new micro habit. For example, suppose you want to start flossing. You could connect it to the already established routine in place for brushing your teeth. The act of brushing your teeth then becomes a trigger for the new micro habit, and so it becomes easy to remember to do it.
You might have to get a little bit creative to do this. If you’re not sure what to connect it with, ask yourself questions such as: What time of day do you want to perform this micro habit? Is there something else I do at that time every day? Is this micro habit somehow related to something I’m already doing regularly? Can I somehow link it to something else entirely but still see some alignment in my mind?
- Set it in stone. Or at least place the micro habit on your schedule. Even a small habit such as drinking more water is established by simply setting a timer on your phone to remind you to drink every hour. Use your calendar, your timer, even a post-it note on a physical calendar hanging on your wall to remind yourself that you have set aside time just for this micro habit.
With these steps, any micro habit can be very easily set up for success. If you’re still flagging after all this, think of a small reward you can use to encourage yourself to perform this particular micro habit. Sometimes, every little bit helps.
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