Quiz: Risk Taking

Buckle down. Stay the course. Choose certainty over possibility. Wise words for stressful times… right? Wrong. While fear of the unknown motivates most of us to be risk averse (particularly when money is tight), there is only one way to guarantee any situation will not change for the better – to do nothing about it!

For that reason, if you want something that is in any way different from exactly what you’ve already got (a new relationship, a more satisfying job, to pursue your passion), you’ll have to take some risk in order to get it.

This principle applies to every shift from the tiniest day to day changes (like rearranging your schedule to give yourself more personal time) to huge life shifts – like leaving a long-term partner or changing careers. While calculated risk is bound to improve your quality of life by making you more engaged – even if you don’t get what you want in exactly the way you want it – taking reckless chances can be even more dangerous than doing nothing, especially if it becomes a pattern.

So how do you decide if the risk is worth the reward? Read on to determine how your personality approaches a risky decision.

1. A work situation/adversarial relationship has gotten out of control. During your Monday meeting, you’re pushed to your limit by your colleague’s words or behavior. You:
a. Speak your mind then and there. Who cares about protocol? There’s no time like the present!
b. Put your head down (metaphorically at least!) and ignore it. There’s nothing you can do anyway.
c. Take notes and address the situation afterward – calmly, in private with the person you have an issue with… and possibly a superior or HR representative.

2. You know that too much (insert your weakness here) is bad for you… in fact, you’ve had to deal with the consequences of excess (weight gain, hangovers, injuries, etc.) on more than one occasion. As a result, you give into your impulses…
a. Often. What’s the point of living if you can’t enjoy yourself – even if it causes a little damage in the process?
b. Never. You’d only wind up beating yourself up if you did.
c. Rarely. While overindulgence happens on occasion, you try your best to do what’s best for you most of the time.

3. You don’t get your way. Things don’t turn out as you would’ve liked and it comes as a shock. You…
a. Freak out. You’ve been known to burn a bridge on occasion, even if you regret it later.
b. Accept disappointment. You’re used to it anyway. Maybe you’ll address it later.
c. Explain your point of view and what you’d expected in hopes of reaching compromise… or at least expressing yourself.

4. You’ve got a huge meeting that involves addressing a group of people. While you’re getting ready, you…
a. Turn your thoughts to something else. You’ll wing it and do just fine.
b. Try to take deep breaths and convince yourself you’ll survive… no matter what.
c. Take a few last glances at your prep work. You made plenty of notes and you’re ready for this.

5. You’re breaking up with your mate. You…
a. Go for the jugular. The idea is to get it over with as quickly (and painlessly) as possible.
b. Spend weeks, maybe even months mulling over how to say it. It sometimes keeps you up at night!
c. Choose your words carefully and break it to them as gently but honestly as possible.

6. When you “do the right thing” publicly, it’s because you will…
a. Be recognized for your choices.
b. Feel better about yourself.
c. Follow what you know is right. You have no choice, really.

Mostly A’s: Ruled by impulse
As somebody who reacts in the heat of the moment, you base your words and actions on instincts – which is often a good thing. Though your cut to the chase approach can get you into trouble now and again – the upside is that you rarely get walked over. In fact, you’re unlikely to be satisfied with the status quo and probably find change easier than most people… provided the change is going your way. What you need to work on is when it doesn’t.

For this reason, you’d be well advised to take a deep breath when struck by the urge to act and assess the risk involved. If expressing yourself will hurt others, is there a better way to do it? Is the potential gain really worth the possibility that you will have pissed people off (and changed their opinion of you for the worse) in the process.Think about it.

Mostly B’s: Hesitant to make waves
While you may dream of reaching paradise, your practical MO is to keep the boat from rocking rather than to change course and encounter stormy seas. Whether you like it or not, you’re going to need to endure a little sea sickness every once in awhile if you want to sail your way to success… or satisfaction.

Boating metaphors aside, one thing you have in spades is the power to analyze odds. The problem is you lean heavily toward the downside whereas the key to truly measuring whether or not a risk is worthwhile is to consider the positive possibilities as well as the potential pitfalls. You may have to force this shift in your perspective at first, but the good news is you’re already endowed with the desire to do what’s right for everyone else. Now you just need to apply that criteria to what’s right for you!

Mostly C’s: The right-minded thinker
Principled and courageous, you’re not afraid to do the right thing in times of trouble. You’ll take risks when you need to and tend to live your life with your own highest good in mind, which means assessing situations carefully and taking action. The trouble comes when you try to control others – and outcomes. Uncertainty is the only certainty in life… as much as you hate it!

Take some time to reflect on your decisions (as you are wont to do) and plan accordingly as you progress toward your goals – and in the meantime, work on letting go just a little. It’s important to be prepared for the unexpected… but it’s just as vital to accept the fact that for some things in life, you can never be prepared. Take the chance anyway and it may well be worth it!

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