When setting goals, how much risk are you willing to take to achieve them? If you’re not taking risks, you’re not stepping outside of your comfort zone. And if you’re not expanding you’re comfort zone, you’re not learning anything new. If you can achieve your goals by playing it safe, set some new goals…
As a musician, I’ve had guitar-strings break in the middle of songs. As a trainer, I’ve had fire-alarms go off in the middle of a workshop. (We finished in the parking lot without the slide-deck while the firemen put out the flames.) You learn to prepare for the unexpected and you better know your stuff. A professional will improvise, adapt, and give people their money’s worth.
Is it risky for me to speak to a room full of CEOs and Business Owners and tell them how terrible they are at attracting, hiring, and developing top talent, and then show them how to fix it? Not really. I have the data, case studies, and decades of experience. I know I can help them.
I’ve made tons of mistakes, bad decisions, poor judgment calls, and flat out errors. The word “sin” is an archery term for missing the mark. I’ve committed countless sins. But the more risks I take, the more I learn. My comfort zone is forever growing. Risk kinda excites me…
My friends and family have described me as a risk-taker and as someone that is also very successful. I am comfortable with risk. In fact, I tend to see risk as an opportunity. That trait has served me well and is partly why I am successful.
And maybe that’s the point… taking risks is easier if you believe in yourself and your abilities. And the best way to develop those beliefs (just like muscles) is to exercise them as part of your New Year’s resolutions. Give yourself permission to fail and shoot for the moon when setting goals.
You can’t steal second base without leaving first. Make it the New Year you deserve. Take some risks. As George Michael said, “You gotta have faith…”
About the Author:
David B. Nast owns Nast Partners based in the Greater Philadelphia area. David is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach with over 25 years of experience in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Training, Career Coaching, Executive Search, and Human Resources.
He has coached thousands of CEOs, Business Owners and Executives.