According to the dictionary, the word “risk” means a situation involving exposure to danger. But, when we take a closer look at the synonyms that are attached to the word itself, we find words such as possibility, chance, and likelihood. It’s pretty crazy how we assume risks are a bad thing, when in actuality some risks are worth taking. Similar to everything else in life - a risk is worth taking when taking a look at the circumstances surrounding it. Check out 6 reasons why it’s okay to take risks…and start living a little!
#1 You will find something you like
We usually think we know what we like, but the fact of the matter is we don’t really know what we like if we have not tried new things. Trying new things requires you to take a risk and extend yourself outside of your comfort zone. Many times, when we try things we didn’t think we’d like, it turns out to be the one of the things we like the most.
Taking risks doesn’t always mean you’ll lose something! Looking at the glass half full when taking a risk is the best perspective. When you take that risk and it turns out to work in your favor, it benefits you beyond just your current situation.
#2 It gets you out of routine
I’m not sure about you and your routine, but we over here at City Girl Savings know that routine can be deadly! Doing the same thing over and over every day can make a person go insane. When you take risks in your life, it alters your routine and provides a different outcome. With a different outcome brings new possibilities for you.
Of course, the level of the risk determines what type of change will bring to your routine. Perhaps you are taking a risk and trying a new hair color. It could possibly bring your eye color out or potentially damage your hair.
Maybe you go against the grain and try a new route to get to work and realize you got there quicker than your usual way. The positive is, the risk got you out of your routine and got you to work in enough time to grab some breakfast – win, win if you ask me!
#3 It opens your mind to new passions
When taking risks, it can open your mind to passions and talents you didn’t know you had. A person who is always worried about flying in an airplane because of the fear of flying can prevent that person’s mind from expanding to a whole new world. Taking a risk and trying something you have never done before can create a passion for something you never thought you would love.
Traveling the world sheds so much light on the beauty the world has to offer. But if you are fearful of flying and don’t want to take a risk, then you limit yourself from finding what it is you may be passionate about.
We’re humans and as humans it is in our nature to want to naturally explore the things we have not explored before. Take the risks that can lead you down a path of finding those passions!
#4 It can be exciting
With new risks brings an exciting adventure. Risks are not always something bad and terrifying! Just think back to when you were a kid and you played the game of truth or dare.
When you chose dare, you took the risk of having to do something that you were probably nervous, scared, or excited to do. Ultimately, after performing the dare, you realized it wasn’t that bad and was in fact exciting more than anything else!
#5 Brings you new perspective
When fulfilling a risk, you will find yourself with a new outlook on life. Taking a risk brings you a new perspective, not just in your life but in the lives of those who are watching you and rooting for you from afar. The new perspective can illustrate the beauty life has to offer.
Living a risk-free life can bring you a boring, quiet lifestyle. Keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with a simple lifestyle. However, that lifestyle is not for everyone, and if you find yourself realizing that lifestyle isn’t for you, then take that risk you have been debating.
#6 You will learn something new about yourself
The biggest blessing in life is going through it – and not settling! When you take your risks, you will learn something new about yourself, which shows your growth. Life is all about growing. If you find yourself in the same situation you were a year ago, then it means you aren’t taking risks.
Whether the risk is found on the small end of the scale or the larger end of the scale, learning about yourself comes when you are in uncomfortable situations. Those uncomfortable situations usually come when you find yourself in the process of going through a risk. Remember, if you aren’t learning, you aren’t growing!
Whether the risk is small, like trying new foods from different cultures, it could leave your palate craving more. More importantly, offering you better insight into another person’s culture. Or perhaps your risk is on the larger end of the spectrum, like making an investment with nothing to bounce back from, leaving you with more reward than you thought possible. Risks come in all different sizes, but are usually always worth taking!
Have you ever taken a risk that you wish you didn’t? What about a risk that you were happy to take and the outcome opened doors you didn’t think were possible? Drop a comment below to share!
The CGS Team