Why People Don’t Like to Take Chances
We are taught from a very early stage by our parents, to be careful. We are told to look both ways before crossing the street and not to eat what is unfamiliar. Most parents want their kids to live beyond their years and this requires teaching them to be cautious about many things. It was the same for their parents and so on down the line.
This is one of the biggest reasons why we don’t take chances. It’s all about self-preservation and keeping the family going generation after generation. But there are other reasons that we don’t like to take chances.
Societies have rules that its citizens must follow. Failure to do so can lead us to be thrown in jail. And even if what we contemplate is legal, because we have been adhering to rules all of our lives, this tends to add to our cautious state of being. We hesitate to take chances because these rules are ingrained into our lives.
We also tend to follow the crowd and there are studies to back this up. We have a herd mentality. If you are on a busy city street and you look up in the sky for a long period of time, you will find more and more people gather around to see exactly what you are looking at. There may be nothing of importance up there. They just want to know what the attraction is.
So it is with taking chances. If no one else has done it before, most of us are probably not going to take the plunge. As previously mentioned, we want to see others experience something before we decide to go for it ourselves. This is why people look to product reviews and forums before they make purchases online. They want to know that others have successfully purchased and used products or services without problems.
These reasons that we don’t like to take chances are really just mental blocks that have been put in place. They put up a proverbial stop sign anytime we encounter something that doesn’t sit well with us. This leads us to create excuses as to why something shouldn’t be done. The biggest problem is that these barriers took a lifetime to build up so breaking them down is never an easy task. We first have to have the belief that they can be broken down before we allow ourselves to do so.
Taking More Chances Leads to a More Fulfilling Life
No one ever gets anywhere if they don’t take a chance. Therefore, it follows suit that you go even further in life if you take more chances. But how do you go about that and what kinds of chances should you take?
Many chances you take will likely require money. If you are thinking of starting a new business or making some kind of business investment, you will need an outlay of cash.
Certainly, you don’t want to take your life savings to Vegas in hopes of doubling your money. The odds are you’ll lose all your money. You also never want to take chances with money that you will need for basic living expenses and for short term emergencies.
Money could be one reason why people do not take more chances. But if you do your homework, you may discover that when you go for whatever it is you seek, it may pay off quite well. The alternative is that you don’t take the chance and you are guaranteed no results whatsoever.
People are afraid of taking chances due to fear of unknown consequences. Perhaps your company wants to relocate you to another country. It will mean more money but it’s going to be in a country with an unfamiliar culture for you and your family.
How do you overcome this fear? The first step is you need to believe in the changes that will take place when you take the risk. If you stand strong on your belief than you can get others, like your family, on board. If you are hesitant, they will pick up on that and it will be a tougher road to follow.
According to Forbes magazine, it suggests that we over exaggerate the risks of failure and under exaggerate the risks of succeeding. This means that many of the chances we are faced with, may actually come out in our favor. This is certainly good news and should help in our journey to take more chances.
One of the worst things that happens to people is when they look back on their lives and wished they had taken more risks. They would love to have accomplished more with their lives. Avoiding risk may keep you safe from certain situations, but it will never push you forward to that place outside your comfort zone. This is usually the place where you can realize your dreams.