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Do the Things That Scare You

We often hear do the things that scare you, yet, if we are being honest, I want an easy life. I do not want to be bothered with fear or uncomfortable. Also, living with bipolar disorder means that I need routine in my life, and I know firsthand what it is like not to have a routine and the effects of it. I assure you, you do not want that smoke. Furthermore, I’m a Libra, so I always like to be in chill mode. 

But what I have noticed is that when we are in those comfortable seasons, we stop taking risks. It’s almost as if we do not desire more because we are where we are, but baby, there is always more. However, when in this state, we have to be careful.

The Reward is in the Risk

When we stop taking risks, we stop gaining. We stop elevating because we are not being challenged and have to work for anything. 

The Financial Scenario and Life Perspective

In finance, there is a risk/reward ratio, and accordion to the Cambridge dictionary, it means “the possible profit that a particular activity may make, in relation to the risk involved in doing it.”

If you look at it from a life perspective, you reap no rewards if you take no risks in life or business. You must continuously take risks.

How I Practice Taking Risks

Because I noticed this habit within myself, I began to practice taking risks by doing little things that scare me and bring me out of my comfort zone. One of those things is going places alone. Restaurants, outings- you name it, I probably will not go if I have to go by myself. 

Some people may think, “Well, there will be people out, so you will be ok.” That is precisely the problem for me. But gradually, I am doing  it, and there is always some point when I think to myself, “This is not so bad.”  

Doing things alone helps me make business decisions because, usually, in small businesses, we make all the important decisions.  That is not a bad thing, but sometimes you wish there was someone else who understood the decisions we are faced with and maybe give us some sound advice.

Another way I practice taking risks is in my dating life. Call me old fashion, or you could call me that before anyway, but I am not the kind of woman who approaches a guy. But as I navigate these dating streets, I have grown to initiate conversations more with men who catch my eye. Now, most of the conversations be trash, but that is another subject.

The important thing is I do not wait for someone to come to me. I go to people, which is a major lesson I had to learn because I used to wait. Plus, practicing being the initiator helps me in business because I am growing more comfortable with approaching other business owners and potential leads. This is a big thing because I used to say I am an introvert. Note: I no longer say this because I realized I am really an omnivert. 

The point I am trying to make is that doing the things that scare us can be good for us. I am not saying be out here moving willy-nilly, but seriously tackle your fears. Move strategically. The reward may be just what you have been waiting for. But remember, there is no reward without risks. 

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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.

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