It’s 2015. Get ready to jump with Joy!

By Joy Loverde

In anticipation of planning for the New Year, an article titled, “Inside the mind of a risk taker” caught my eye in the September 2014 issue of Real Simple Magazine .

Here are the highlights from the article:

“Embracing a new opportunity can require a major mind shift,” says Doug Sundheim, author of Taking Smart Risks. When you catch yourself undermining your personal and professional goals, try replacing every risk-averse statement with a risk-positive one.

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Can we learn to be risk-takers? According to the experts, the answer is yes. I know this to be true for myself because I have continuous mind shifts that lead me to be less fear-driven and more trusting that everything will ultimately work out for the better.

The question that always gets me out of my rut is this: What’s the worst that can happen? When I write down my answers to that question, and see in black and white that I am fully capable of managing any challenges that come my way, I go for it.

Another piece of the puzzle for me when making a “risky” choice is to seek the wisdom of my elderly friends who are over the age of eighty. These people are my forever trusted advisors and they have NEVER steered me wrong.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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