How Risk Motivates
One of the key factors in how risk motivates you, is how it creates fear. It’s a really useful tool for getting yourself into action – because if you can generate enough fear about not doing something, you’ll be able to easily go through the hardship of doing the thing! Especially if the risk inspires you to generate more fear than you have for doing the thing in the first place! That’s a no-brainer! Like osmosis, water flows to the higher concentrated side to balance things out… your action will automatically move you towards a balance.
So risk motivates us because it creates fear?
Yes… and what is more… if we don’t have risk motivating us in our lives, another force is at work – motivating us in the other direction! If the fear of doing something is much greater than if we don’t do it, then our motivation is to stay the same and as a result, we take actions that mean we will stay the same. Yes, you heard that correctly, we will take actions to stay the same…
The reason we don’t change is because we forget that risk motivates us to change. Now if you apply this to confidence… what does it mean?
Risk motivates you to improve your confidence
So without risk, we are motivated to stay the same. That’s why, if you are looking to build your confidence in order to do public speaking, you need to have some risk in place to help you forwards. The risk challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and get on with it. So go and generate some risk in your life (you need to take sensible precautions and get advice before you take any risk) and see how it could help propel you forward. Some examples:
- Public Speaking – the best way to improve your confidence here is to practice, so book yourself to speak somewhere
- Speaking up in meetings – make a goal to say one thing every time you have a meeting and have a consequence if you don’t
- Talking with potential partners – change the mindset to having a good conversation (doesn’t have to result in a date) and then make sure you have a good conversation every day with someone you like the look of
Related Article: Why Fear is Your Friend (lifehack.org)