We have been writing so many tips and how-to's, yet somehow, I forgot to mention how frequently and common it is to get "STUCK"!
Yes, stuck in the way that you do not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I recently read somewhere "failure is not something to be afraid of," yet many of us make decisions based on fear. Even in the wisest moment, we confuse our instincts with "take the risk" to "take the safest approach." I am truly writing today to ask you which one you are giving a voice to? Which of these are you leading with? We are all guilty… Of fearing the unknown, giving a voice to what we know is safe, to diming our light out of fear of rejection. So how do we stop?
Looking at the big picture, it's important to understand that risks can expose you to a degree of financial or emotional danger. Still, it may be required to pursue new or bigger opportunities. Let me start by saying no amount of tips or how-tos will help you decide to take risks. However, asking yourself these questions could help you clarify whether your instincts are telling you to take the risk or lead with the safest approach.
Is my anxiety creating worst-case scenarios that are not realistic? Obsessing over the worst-case scenario can cause us to forget any positive outcomes. If you haven't made a list to lay out all the potentials, how do you even outweigh the list of negative thoughts in your mind? Creating a list of pros and cons is a great system to help you assess risk.
Can I afford not to take the risk? Like anything else, whether in business or personal... sometimes, we all reach a plateau. We have gotten the hang of everything, but nothing is moving in either direction. So what do we do? Well, some of us choose to stay there, and some of us ask ourselves… can I really afford to continue this way? My way? Or is changing vital? Only you can answer this.
How can I handle it if it doesn't work out? I was taught growing up always to have a plan b,c,d, etc. I've learned in my years of business to look at this as bad luck…so now I jump into opportunities. We shall call these calculated risks as you learn to trust your intuition! What will it look like for you if this plan doesn’t work out? What steps would you take?
Are there other opportunities I am overlooking? This is an important question as a good rule of negotiation. If you are taking risks, are there more options on the table? If this one makes you feel uncertain, could you be overlooking opportunities? If so, dig deeper… how could you make this work for you.
I hope these questions get your mind going to start asking yourself the right questions. After all, getting stuck is part of the process for opportunities, and in case you need some reassurance… we all go through it!
Jenny Ramirez is a business leader, mental health advocate, women empowerment activist, and writer on women's issues across the globe. She is an adventurous soul who enjoys exploring different cultures and connecting with women from different walks of life during her free time.