[This is Part # 14 of a 20 Part Series to Improve Your Strengths] — Take the Strengths TEST
Quote: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide
Definition: “a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune”
See! Right there! That’s one of the main problems about risk taking and the complete lack of that skill in most people now-a-days.
So what is risk? The definition – look at it again. Risk is the possibility of loss? HELLO! No wonder people are so afraid of ‘risk’ – they’ve been told all their lives that the very definition involves a negative outcome!
This, we must stop. Embrace, get in mind, and hear this: RISK IS A CHANCE TO WIN!
Foster this mindset. Burn away that old definition now… put the new one up front and know that improving your strength in risk taking and management will turn you into a potential winner! Time to hone this “bad boy.”
Stay True to Yourself – Stretch but Don’t Tear
You know you’re not 8’3” tall, you know humanitarianism is not your biggest strength, and you’re pretty lousy on the saxophone. So why are you trying to play in the Green Peace Globetrotters All-World Band?
Stop it. Focus on what you do best. Expand on the things that are holding you back (or get someone else to do them – ever heard of a virtual assistant before?) but keep your eyes on the prize in you. If you continually set yourself up to fail, then it’s no longer a risky venture – it’s just failure.
EXERCISE: Take the (free) RichardStep Strengths Finder quiz and find your top 5 strengths.
Know your strengths, take them with you always, and align everything you do to them. You gotta know to grow.
Commit to Success and Always Follow Through
I’m not a grand fan of golf. I took lessons, but I still don’t enjoy the sport that much. You want to know the biggest improvement in my ‘game’ that the teacher helped me learn?