Taking Risks

Lately, I have been feeling like I have not been taking enough risks. So, to offset this eerie feeling, I plan to start to taking more risks in my life. However, before I start, I would like to explore the best way to take risks, and make blind jumps in life.

First I want to explore why I might be feeling this way.

My life is too much of a routine. Even though I am taking plenty of risks physically with my training, mentally, I have gotten use to the strain as well as the pain. I plan out everyday, and so I get use to what I am going to do everyday, and it has slowly started to feel like a rat race. I need more signs of progress in my life. Signs that I am pushing myself, and forcing myself to be better.

So, how to take risks?

I believe it is all about risk mitigation. What can I do to minimize the downside of taking such a risk? If it is a financial risk that I am taking, then maybe I should take risks that I know I can make back easily within 1-6 months. If it is a physical risk, then I should employ all my efforts to practicing the movements, and making sure that I am as physically healthy and agile as I can be.

And more on financial risks, one huge thing that will help is by having a healthy understanding of how much money you actually need. There is a practice in the philosophy of stoicism where you practice poverty, so that you know that you really do not need much of anything to live.

And there are some standard financial goals to reach before taking such risks like, making sure that you have enough money in the bank to survive off of for at least 3 months (this includes rent, utilities, and food), just in case you lose your job. However, 3 months is not a set number. You should save enough money until you feel secure with your finances. For me, I had to save enough for at least 6 months, but I still keep saving today, and have enough for about a year that I do not touch.

Another big part of taking risks is understanding that your fears can be exploding the consequences in your head. So what you should do to counteract that is to write down the downsides of the risk, and actually write what you can do to counteract 80% or all the risk. If you do this, you will find that you will only have to do 1 or 2 things to get rid of most, if not all the risk.

My mind was all over the place in this post, so I apologize for that, but the main point is, you have one life to live, so make it the best one you can.

Just live a little.

It’s that simple,

-Sam

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