Taking Risks in Love and Life

IMAGE Are you a risk-taker? Or do you always take the safe, easy way out? Do you stay in your comfortable but dull job because going on job interviews is just too scary?

Temperament

Think about your general temperament:
  • Are you cautious or daring?
  • Do you welcome change or cling to the familiar?
  • Are you a careless, impulsive risk taker?
  • Are you overly cautious, or are you relatively balanced and moderate?

Decision-making

Examine how you decide which risks to take:
  • Do you like to consider a number of different possibilities or do you prefer to come up with one or two options and choose between them?
  • Do you trust your feelings or rule them out as irrelevant or distracting?
  • Do you mull over decisions for weeks or months or do you think about them for a day or two and then take the plunge?

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Consider your overall sense of optimism or pessimism:
  • Do you believe that most things you do generally turn out well? Or, do you take a risk with a sense of dread, feeling that dire consequences could follow?
  • Are you excited about taking a risk or does the anxiety become so overwhelming that there is no room for exhilaration?
Knowing your risk-taking style allows you to proceed comfortably, at your own pace, as you move through the necessary getting-ready steps.

The Fear

Most of us fear failure, but the fear of success, of surpassing our parents, of separating from our past, of developing a new and stronger self-image can be pretty scary, too. And any change, even a positive one, means we must let go of the past and mourn the loss before we can embrace the future. There are a million reasons not to change or do anything that feels scary. But at some point, letting things stay the way they are feels smothering and constricting. And in most cases, the pain of not reaching for the sky eventually becomes unbearable.

Temperament

Think about your general temperament:
  • Are you cautious or daring?
  • Do you welcome change or cling to the familiar?
  • Are you a careless, impulsive risk taker?
  • Are you overly cautious, or are you relatively balanced and moderate?

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