Playing safe isn’t a bad approach. But if you are avoiding taking chances all the time, you might also miss great opportunities.
Before you ask why the fact that you are avoiding taking chances is bad for your productivity, let’s brainstorm together.
Take a moment to reflect on the dreams and goals you’d love to accomplish.
Why haven’t you taken any step towards making them come true yet? What’s holding you back?
It’s easy to blame kids, partners, job, or even weather conditions (who has never?), but in most cases, it’s all us!
Please don’t think I’m here to accuse you of anything. Just, please, open your mind to the possibility.
If you, right now, don’t have the tools or the knowledge to turn the table, it doesn’t mean you can’t.
Why taking chances is good for you
Have you ever thought about why the comfort zone has this name?
Because it’s comfortable there!
It’s that cozy place where all your friends hang around and that things happen more or less the same all the time. Days, weeks, months, and even years pass, and nothing changes over there.
Knowing this place is always going to be there welcoming you is reassuring and encouraging.
But all this “peace” has a price: your success.
Whether you like it or not, you have to do something different to get results.
Also in terms of productivity.
Just wishing you had longer days or that someone else cleared your inbox clutter isn’t enough.
You must take action!
And the sooner you start, the better.You think risks are bad for you? Think again! #MindfulPlanning #coaching Click To Tweet
7 ways you’re avoiding risks
Whether or not you like the idea, you’ll need to start doing extra work to improve your results.
In productivity, a lot of times, the way we live our lives, in general, holds us back much more than the tools we use.
Take a couple of minutes to review these 7 ways you might be avoiding taking chances too much.
Don’t let old habits keep you away from success.
1. Not believing in yourself
You have goals you want to achieve.
But even though they’re meaningful to you, you just don’t think you have what it takes to make them come true.
2. Ignoring your gut feeling
Something tells you this is the opportunity of a lifetime, but you just don’t buy it.
Maybe because of past experiences, you lost trust in this feeling.
3. Allowing fear to control you
You’ve been living your life and doing things in a way that the mere idea of changing anything about it scares you.
While you know you need to do something for your own good, you feel stuck.
4. Denying your goals the attention they deserve
You set important objectives for yourself, but once the planning phase is over, you allow that your daily activities take over.
Instead of focusing on things that will support your growth, you waste time with busy work only.
5. Being inconsistent
Acting on an impulse, without a realistic plan, can lead to a burnout.
Besides, once the phase of enthusiasm passes, you just don’t feel motivated enough to keep on going.
6. Holding grudges
When the idea that someone else’s fault is more than you can forgive, you create a spiral of negativity in your mind.
You put yourself in a place you aren’t comfortable to ask for help or work along with others, damaging your chances of success.
7. Being mindless
Because your actions aren’t designed, you go with the flow.
But this flow generally takes you back to the comfort zone where nothing happens.Watch out for the 7 ways to avoid risks that are bad for your efficiency. #MindfulPlanning Click To Tweet
7 benefits of taking chances
Did you recognize yourself in any of the items above?
If so, welcome to the club!
All of us, at least at some point in our life, allowed that a superficial sense of security dictated our steps.
Luckily, for all struggles, there are also solutions.
Learn how you can counterstrike excessive risk avoidance with the seven tips below:
- Build confidence
- Make better decisions
- Overcome fear
- Define the right priorities
- Build good habits
- Let go of what’s holding you back
- Develop a better mindset
Taking chances to boost your efficiency
How would you describe your productivity level:
- Do you have everything under control?
- Do you manage to get a lot done, but you feel exhausted at the end of the day?
- Are you lost and don’t have any idea or energy to get started?
Invest a day (in the weekend, for instance) or at least a couple of hours, in rethinking your tasks, priorities, and goals.
Reflect on where you are and where you want to be.
Make a list of the risks you might need to take to improve your lifestyle.
Collect information on them and your goals. Organize everything in a way it makes sense to you so that you can define your next steps.
And go for it!
If you want to share your journey with other like-minded planners, come and join us today.
52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You
I’m hosting a 52-week productivity challenge on my closed Facebook Group.
You can read everything about the challenge here.
How the 52-week productivity challenge works
First of all, grab a copy of the list [ninja-popup ID=11356]52 Things That Are Killing Your Productivity[/ninja-popup].
After signing up, you’ll be invited to join my closed Facebook group.
On the group, I’ll share daily prompts during the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You.
I’ll guide you through a brand-new topic each week.
From Monday through Friday, you’ll learn how you can use Mindful Planning™ to:
- Become more efficient
- Save time
- Manage stress
- Achieve your goals
You can start the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You at any moment of the year.
And you choose whether to follow every single week or to focus on your personal pain points.
If you miss anything, you can always refer to older posts for catch-up or review.
All that FOR FREE!
See you at the challenge
The method I apply to the challenge is exactly the same one I use with my clients: Mindful Planning™.
It’s a 5-step method you can use to all aspects of your life become more productive one day at a time without added stress.
Come and join the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You today.
I’m looking forward guiding you towards a successful year and beyond!