Have you noticed how you naturally gravitate toward that which is familiar?
Familiar can appear to be the right way to go for no other reason than that it is within your comfort zone. You’ll naturally feel a peace of mind about options that are already familiar to you.
The key is to refuse to be deceived by your emotions. When we make decisions rooted in insecurity, our choices wind up being very one-sided. You have to find ways to think through opportunities objectively and remove your insecurity from the equation altogether.
And here’s the big truth about risk…
Everything is risky.
Whether you are aware of it or not, every decision and every action carries risk, including the decision to take no action at all.
Is pursuing your dream risky? Absolutely! But it’s not nearly as risky as not pursuing your dream.
Is investing your money rather than burying it in jars in the backyard risky? Yes! But wait until you get the bill for not investing and taking your chances with inflation instead.
Here’s a simple exercise for overcoming your insecurity and measuring risk wisely…
Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle.
Write the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Be sure to work on only one side of the paper at a time, and start with all the pros.
Once you’ve exhaustively listed all of the positives, then start counting on the negatives and the risks.
This will keep your emotions from causing you to make purely one-sided decisions.
Is there a decision you’ve been one-sided on? Do you beat down your biggest dreams by focusing entirely on the negatives?
It’s time to remove your insecurity from the equation and take some good risks!
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David is a real estate agent, broker, and agency manager at Gibson Real Estate in Northwest Arkansas. He’s also an investor and plays a mean electric guitar! If you’ve thought about getting out of the corporate rat race and getting unstrapped, you’ve gotta read David’s story!