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Part V: Veil #4: Fear > Taking Steps to Improve Your Risk Taking

Chapter 38. Taking Steps to Improve Your Risk Taking

There is a systematic process that will help you feel more comfortable taking risks. If you practice these 10 steps, you will discover that you can take bigger risks, feel less fear, and fulfill your purpose.

Step 1: Start small. As your comfort level increases, so will the size of your risks.
Step 2: Collect as much information as possible about the potential risk.
Step 3: Consult with other people. Note that this is different from seeking their approval.
Step 4: Ask yourself, “What is the best possible outcome?”
Step 5: Ask yourself, “What is the worst possible outcome?”
Step 6: Ask yourself, “How likely is the worst possible outcome?”
Step 7: Ask yourself, “If the worst possible outcome occurred, what would I do?” If you do not have an answer for this question, this may not be a risk you want to take.
Step 8: Ask yourself, “What is the probable outcome of not taking the risk?” You may have forgotten that continuing to do what you are doing can be very risky. Your present course is not safer simply because it is familiar. For example, you may be considering changing jobs and think a new position is risky. But if you suffer from headaches or another physical ailment in your current work, you may be risking your health if you do not make a change.
Step 9: Evaluate the outcomes of the risks you have taken. Did they turn out as you expected? If not, why not? What have you learned for the next time?
Step 10: Celebrate your successes. When you take a calculated risk and you achieve the outcomes you wanted, give yourself credit for taking a risk. Gradually you will come to see yourself as a risk taker.



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