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In a Funk? Try These Acts of Self-Defiance

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Fellow Riskologist,

Every so often, test your boundaries. To do something you’ve told yourself you couldn’t or that you weren’t ready for. You don’t want to go through life wondering whether you were right about what you were capable of.

Every so often, challenge yourself to accomplish something. To start before you’re ready and finish before you’re sure you’re done. There will always be something in the way of your progress. It’s good practice to learn how to ignore those things and move forward anyway.

Every so often, calculate the odds of success. When you find they aren’t in your favor, throw out the math and do it anyway. There are a million equations that will help you succeed once you’ve started, but no formula will tell you whether or not to get started in the first place. Besides, some things in life are too important to be decided with reason.

Every so often, tell yourself you’re somebody else. Just to make sure it isn’t true. You’ll never know who you really are until explore all the different people you could be. Try on different attitudes and characteristics. See which ones you like and which ones you don’t. As you experiment, your heart will tell you which ones are right. Most won’t work out, but the ones that do will gradually build up over time, leaving you feeling like you’re wearing a tailored suit.

Every so often, learn something new. Just for the hell of it. Actually, do this more than just “every so often.” Get on Wikipedia and look up something you’re curious about. Ask an expert to explain something to you. 90% of all the details will be gone as soon as you learn them, but a few important points will stick. Those points will help shape your life forever.

Every so often, be a little hard on yourself. Demand more. Work harder. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone. You’ll surprise yourself with what you’re capable of, and the next level of excellence will become the new normal.

Every so often, give yourself a break. When something doesn’t go right, figure out why and vow never to make the same mistake. Then, buy yourself an ice cream cone and take the rest of the day off.

Yours in risk-taking,
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Founder, Riskology.co

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What smart people are saying about this...

  1. Just had to thank you for this today. I am jumping off a ledge with a new job and giving notice today, it helped just to read it as it is an emotional decision

  2. The first and last ones — Test your boundaries, and Give yourself a break — are a great summary of how to live and grow. Thank you for the reminder! I have been trying to find more things to push my boundaries, and it can be harder than I thought it would be to get out of the comfort zones I’ve created. That is why traveling is so important to me – endless opportunities for new experiences!

  3. Big thank you. It’s like you wre reading my mind, this is exactly what I needed to hear today.

    Had a tough week, business is growing fast and I’ve over promised and been hitting roadblocks. Made a few mistakes that have been eating away at me but I took the day off, grabbed that ice cream and sat in the sun.

  4. At 45, I’d always ask myself if I could still do this and that. Reinforcement like this is what helps to make that decision to go for it. I need to finish 1.5k open water swim this November & a 50k run this December. Go to go for it! Thank you!

  5. “Besides, some things in life are too important to be decided with reason.”

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m very much a person who usually makes decisions based on my emotions and gut feelings, rather than logic or odds. Of course, it’s necessary to do that sometimes. But in my opinion, we should make choices based on how we truly feel as much as possible.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

  6. totally agree! Especially the ICE CREAM part! been doing that ever since…I’m totally relieved that I’m not the only one who does that at this age! Ha!

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