What risk is a good risk? What is a bad risk?

The Ups and Downs To a Risk

Congratulations if you have decided to take a risk in your life to change something you do not like. Sometimes choices make us and sometimes they just happen i.e. our partner leaves us or the company we work for, closes, our physical health fails or we have an accident. No matter what the change is, the first emotion to grip us is fear or anticipation and how it will affect our future. As you are aware from past experience, no matter what the change is, we will truly grow from it, in some way.

A positive attitude will create opportunities and you will handle the change better while a negative attitude will cause worry.  Looking too far into the future will only cause the fear to escalate. I’ll give you an example. You are faced with a bike ride up a 10 kilometer steep hill and you are out of shape before you start the climb. It may seem impossible.  The trick is taking small sections of the hill; let’s say small incremental goals of 10 meters at a time. If you look at the whole climb, negative thoughts may creep into your consciousness and your mind might panic and your body may fail. No matter what the outcome, don’t look too far ahead. Take baby steps towards the goal and with each small accomplishment say the word, yes!

It is healthy to take risks with your own life and step outside the safety box as long it is not physically dangerous or infringes on the boundaries or privacy rights of others. Sometimes during the activity of change unforeseen roadblocks happen. If this happens, stop, take a breath and think positive, look at your options. You may have to walk up the hill instead of riding. Keep going toward your goal, you can do it; you can handle it, just keep going.

By Nurse Colleen

©2014 Colleen Scanlan, RN, RAc., BScN.

Colleen Scanlan, RN, RAc., BScN. is an Acupuncturist and Shiatsu Aromatherapy massage therapist practicing in North Bay, ON. Colleen provides painless acupuncture using a variety of acupuncture techniques for her patients.

She is certified with the College of Nurses of Ontario since 1980. Collen has been a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario since its inception in 2013.

Visit her at http://colleen-scanlan.com/.