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TrophyLiving life in the comfort zone isn't as good as it may seem. Sure, you can just wake up every day, turn the lights on (of your life) and just coast through your day. It's easy to do. However, eventually, life in the comfort zone gets boring. You end up doing the same things day after day and you don't get rewarded for it―no comfort zone rewards are handed out. Equally as important, others miss out on getting to know you and all of your talents if you stay in the comfort zone.

When it comes down to it, living life to its fullest involves taking chances, taking risks.

Taking a risk is all about the reward. What are you going to get for taking the risk? Since you're going to be putting yourself out there (maybe even way out there) you want to know in advance what the reward will be and if it's worth your time and effort. In my case and for my book, I talk about taking a risk as follows:

Think of taking a risk as taking an adventure with three possible destinations: landing right where you are, landing better off than you are, or landing worse off than you are. As long as you don't land worse off than you are, everything will be okay. Follow the tune I wrote that is listed below to help steer you in the right direction:

"RISK OUT" rap tune

TRUMP THE RISK AND GET YOUR PRIZE  
MAKE NO DECISIONS QUICK 
CONSIDER EACH SIDE 
SOLICIT OPINIONS 
TAKE YOUR TIME
LIFELINES FIND
BOTTOM LINE
TRUMP THE RISK AND GET YOUR PRIZE
RISK OUT  

Yes, taking a risk can be scary but the odds (2 out of 3) are in your favor. The tune helps you to remember all of the things you need to do to minimize your risk:

*Know your decision time clock. If you have a week to decide, don't make a decision in an hour. Risk will probably win and you'll probably lose. Quick decisions are risky because you make them without thinking about them first. Also, don't let other people rush you because they want your decision as soon as possible. Take your time and make your decision when you're ready as long as it's within the time constraint of the decision time clock.

*List the Pros and Cons to determine a winner. Don't let them just occupy space in your head, list them out on paper. It's easy to see the true winner when each side is listed out in front of you.

*Consider the opinion of anyone who's willing to give it to you. If they want to help you more than that, even better. Take it if it makes sense to you.

*Use lifelines to minimize risk. Consider all and not just some of the resources available to you, both people and things. Things can include research.

Remember, the greater the risk, the bigger the prize. Start and end with the prize in mind. The risk is in the middle. You might already have the prize but not always. Think about it. Risk out!
Categories: Success
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