It does make business sense to take risks. This can be stress-free.

A calculated risk is a good decision as it will enable progression. This can be combined with anxiety, so how do you relax?

1. Consider whether the costs outweigh the risks. I am not talking a stupid risk here! What I mean is a calculated change; make a list of all the benefits and a second of any negatives. Serious negatives should be a reminder to not continue as they amongst other elements will be stressful. Only go through with risks that have little negative outcomes; remember in planning there are only two possible outcomes.
2. Ask yourself, is it somethingĀ I want to do? If it is, stop talking yourself out of doing it from the outset. Everytime you self-doubt yourself, imagine putting the thought in a box and shutting it. Make this a must-do as, if this is what you want, any negative thoughts will cause anxiety.
3. Plan, Plan, Plan! Visualize how the risk will be beneficial to you, your job and your career. In your plan imagine how others are influenced by your risk-take. Turn the vision into a plan; make it as detailed map of how you will get there. Imagine it as a recipe to success; make a list of requirements and place these into set phases. A detailed plan will ease stress as it will gain your own trust.
4. Be practical. Make your plan relatable to your own life. This will consider all personal stressors and allow the phases to be related to you. Any practicalities that cannot be related should show you your plan is going in the wrong direction and for you to replan. A practical model will relax you.
5. Have clarity. Define the risk and detail how you will determine whether you have completed the task. Being clear in your thinking will ensure you stay relaxed.
6. Make your mindset flexible. Being focussed is important, but not at the cost of the plan/risk. Make sure there are contigencies if there are issues and review the plan regularly and change if needed. Remind yourself a plan does not need to be set in stone and could fail if your plan is too specific. Being aware with flexibilty will ease stress.
7. Strategise! When moments are tough, take the long view. Don't be scared and be excited as to what the future will bring. If you have considered carefully everything for you, these will be good actions; these are constantly evolving. When you are procrastinating, ask yourself why as inaction leads to costs. Look for reasons; flip into positives and use in your plan.
8. Relax. Stay cool; remember, if you are hot-headed any fear will become out of control and this will damage your plan. Even if it's ten minutes, take some distance and calm yourself. Use meditation to help and Mindfulness to relax you on the go.
9. With any risk there is naturally insecurities. Don't forget, risk brings about uncertainty and then change. It is how you channel positives into your plans that will lead you through.
10. Have supportive people around you. Allow those who offer positivity into your plans; network with others or get further support.
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