July 15, 2012

Risks and Rewards

By Patrick Mahan

Next time you're presented with an opportunity, weigh the risks and rewards and ask yourself if the juice is worth the squeeze. But don't over-analyze. And don't get caught in the "analysis paralysis" trap where the decision churns inside your head until the opportunity evaporates.

Think back to your most glorious moments in life... Chances are they came as the result of you taking a risk. Rather than saying "no" or "I'll pass" or doing nothing and playing it safe, you said "Yes!" and took a leap of faith.

There's an old saying: If you want to pick the fruit, then you've got to go out on a limb. So don't stand there with the bat on your shoulder. Swing away! Just be disciplined enough not to swing at bad pitches.

Do you find this to be true? If you think about the best things that have happened to you, can those things be traced back to a moment when you took some sort of risk?

If you're facing a decision today - and are worried about the risks involved - remember those moments from your past when you said "Yes!", followed your passion, trusted your intuition, and stepped out in faith. It seems often times the greater the risk, the greater the reward.

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