Each week I’m reporting here on my personal experience in implementing my 52 Intentional Affirmations. These are designed to help us be more intentionally mindful of the impact our intentions have on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life. (Click Here to start work on your own 52 Intentional Affirmations).
What would you consider to be ‘risky’? Maybe you’re like many people who when I’ve asked this question they’ve mostly thought of those ‘extreme’ or ‘adrenalin’ type of activities like parachuting or bungi-jumping. It really depends though, doesn’t it? It depends on the context that we look at.
For example, if we look at financial investments, some would say that buying shares in the stock market would be risky, while others with a different point of view would argue that using bank savings accounts or term deposits is risky, because you’re risking missing out on better returns over the long run.
If we look at our health, or our relationships, or our work, or maybe even our secret dreams, each time as the context changes, what we would regard as risky changes as well.
Over the past week I’ve really struggled with this intentional affirmation, which is one of the reasons I originally added it to the 52 Intentional Affirmations list.
I do personally believe I am a person who takes calculated risks – that is, I will attempt things that I might feel slightly apprehensive about, but knowing there is a high chance of success.
Last week in my work life role I was presenting to a couple of hundred people at a conference. I don’t find that risky (and I do realise that many others would). The risk I took however, was presenting some new material and content to the audience.
However, where I’ve struggled in analysing my application of this affirmation is whether it really was a risk at all.
When I’m going to present new material and content to an audience, I go through a fairly rigorous process. I start with my intention – WHY am I wanting to present this material? WHY is this going to be of value for the audience? Once I’m clear on the answer to these two questions, everything else comes together fairly quickly.
And as I’ve been thinking about this, I reckon that’s the process for taking any form of risk in any aspect of your life.
If you stop and answer the questions “WHY am I wanting to take this risk?” and “WHY will taking this risk be of value for me and for others?” you establish an intentional platform where you will be either adding to your self-trust, trust in others or others trusting in you.
Stay with me on this, and test it out for yourself.
You see, if you’re about to do a tandem parachute jump for the first time and you realise the only reason you’re doing it is to prove something to yourself… that’s a pretty big WHY! When you go through with it, you’re adding to your self-trust. You defined the intention, you made yourself a promise, you took the action, you got the result and it provided you with validation that you follow through on things even when they’re risky.
Or, maybe the bigger WHY for you doing the tandem parachute jump was because a friend, partner or someone you care for in an intentional trust relationship has asked you to join them (whether for moral support, or just to share in the experience). In this way, while it may add to your self-trust, there’s an impact on you trusting in others and others trusting in you.
I didn’t realise that the Intentionomics Trust Model had so many applications until I started to realise that just about everything we do will impact on our own self-trust, trust in others and others trusting in us.
And so whether you’re about to take a risk in a conversation with a special friend, or you’re about to attempt something at work that you haven’t attempted before, or apply for something that you’ve decided to apply for, or just do something that scares the living daylight out of you… just for the sake of it, once again, by tapping into your intention first and asking WHY, you’ll gain some significant clarity that will allow you to make intentionally wiser choices and actions when it comes to risk in your life.