Take the Risk

by Deborah A. Bailey

You know when it's time to make a change in your career. You can feel the desire for a different kind of life, and you know that what you're doing right now is not fulfilling. It's not an easy decision to make, but in the end, you have to consider if you want to stay in a position that will drain your energy and your hopes with each passing day, or take a risk.

Risks aren't just for people going into business, they can also involve the actions we take everyday. Having low expectations of what we can achieve can lead to us staying safe - and staying stuck. I've been asked many times by people still in the corporate world if it's possible to work for yourself and duplicate your employee salary. Sure it is, but to be honest, why would you want to? Employee salaries are set by many factors that often have little to do with the quality of the work. Wouldn't you want more once you're in control of what you receive?

When you decide to take a risk you've made a decision to break through what you thought was possible up to that point. You're going into unfamiliar territory with no idea what will happen after you start out. For some people, this is not only uncomfortable, it's impossible. They'll take a step, then pull back once the anxiety level rises and they realize that they don't have the security of knowing what to expect.

Living in familiar habits is easy - even if they're negative they're still familiar. Stepping out when you can't see what you are stepping into is hard. It takes courage and faith that when you do step out, there will be something solid to support you. It takes belief in yourself and a willingness to get back up again if (and when) you fall down. The one sure way to break through your limiting beliefs is to take a risk.

Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

1 comment

Melodee Patterson said...

It's especially difficult to take a risk when your friends and family aren't used to taking risks themselves. They project their fears onto you which makes it difficult if one of your risks fails - which will happen. But that does give them the satisfaction of saying "I told you so!" and then you can watch their look of amazement when you dare to risk again, and succeed :-)

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