Human beings are ambitious in nature. We can’t help but feel the need to continue on exploring the world and ourselves. Whenever there’s this new possibility for growth and adventure, we have this uncontrollable urge to dive in. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does have its pros and cons.
In everything we do there would always be certain risks that come with it. It would always be a 50-50 shot at success or loss. But for most people, that 50 percent chance is enough to scare them away into hiding. They would rather stay exactly as they are than attempt to move forward and lose whatever it is that they have. In doing so they are giving themselves a false sense of security. Refusing to take risks doesn’t guarantee you safety from the ever changing factors around you. Sooner or later, you would be forced to take a step forward.
So how then are we supposed to achieve security and still be able to take risks? Well, here are a few tips:
Learn to Save!
Saving is one habit that we should all learn to practice – and believe me it is definitely going to be less than easy. When we receive our monthly paychecks, we automatically think about the things that we would want to buy. Instead of splurging, we should practice the discipline of setting aside at least 10% of our money monthly, regardless if you’re saving up for something or not. This would ensure that you would always have money readily available for you in times of need.
Don’t be afraid to Invest!
Investing is something that not everyone is comfortable doing. And true enough, there are some risks that come to mind. But, you should learn to invest on things that are inevitable. What are these investments? One word: insurance. Investing on any kind of insurance is definitely a good move. You may not see the benefits today, but when the time comes when you get sick, or accidents happen, you would definitely be glad that you made that investment.
Ask for Help!
You are not solely responsible for carrying all the worries and fears that come with taking risks and grabbing opportunities. Always remember: you are allowed to ask for help, may it be from your boss, colleague, significant other, family or friends. Help may even come in the form of a book, software or a much needed gadget. Whatever it is, don’t deprive yourself of that extra hand. We are not super people or mutants. There will come a point when we would need help. So when that time comes, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask and accept the help that we may receive.
Yes, maneuvering your way around life may be a bit tricky and filled with risks. In everything we do and in everyone we meet, there will always be that shadow of doubt and the looming possibility of failures and disappointments. But we shouldn’t let this hinder our growth. Our security lies in our own hands.
by: Jeffrey Slayter