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Recalculate your RISK for willPower

Our human tendency is to miscalculate the RISK of something that stirs up our fear. It means we are assessing RISK in an ego-limited light. We have to address RISK in some way, shape, or form…to keep on flexing our willPower muscle.

If entering a contest, marathon, or [insert your current willPower-ful aspiration here]  invokes the RISK of losing, not completing, having a medical or physical complication, or being disappointed by the time and experience, your fear (ego) is prodding you toward inaction with thoughts of failure, falling, embarrassment. But, your higher self is screaming, “Wait, hang on, I want THIS!”

Every decision carries an element of RISK. There is RISK in inaction as well as in action. We can’t stay RISK-neutral with our feet firmly planted in our current job, relationship, routine…if those things feel like a rut. “It is too RISK-y to change!” we cry, but what’s the real alternative?  Not changing? Staying unhappy, small, and “safe”?

If the RISK of entering something is losing, what is the RISK of not doing it? Never knowing…and not growing. This is where the deathbed scenario tends to work well.

Imagine being at the end of your life. As you reflect back on the things you attempted to do and the things you didn’t attempt, do you think your outcome on the attempts would matter as much as the regret of the non-attempts? Can you elicit more compassion for yourself when looking back at your life rather than the current hotbed of risk you are in…or wish you were in?!

Putting yourself out there is a huge RISK…to the ego, but never to the higher self. Your higher self is your inner cheerleader that encourages you to follow your dreams and to go for it.

The point in taking these RISKs goes beyond the trophy, the finish time, the spotlight, the prize, the perceived success …because these elements are short-lived. What is not short-lived is the experience and the growth accumulated in the journey. The who-you-are for doing the event compared to the who-you-were before. This change is assimilated into your willPower muscle forever.

Want to explore RISK further? Click here for Throw the Dice…RISK.


Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.