Recently, our family had a tick. A tiny, Lyme disease spreading creature had decided to start digging its way right into our comfort zone. We enjoy adventure. We enjoy taking some risks. We do not enjoy when insects decide to make homes for themselves under our skin, but this is a small price to pay for a day of treasure hunting in woods of New England.
Small risks like ticks are what prevent most of us from ever doing what we really want to do. Many would rather play it safe than risk losing some money, getting injured or putting themselves in an unfamiliar situation. My family did this for a really long time. Luckily, we came to our senses. We decided to start being a lot more risky and finally doing all the things we wanted to do in life.
The trick is minimizing risk. I put together a list of 15 things you can start doing today to minimize your adventure risk tomorrow. Enjoy!
15 Ways to make your Risky Adventures a Little Less Risky
1) EXERCISE - Staying healthy keeps you from getting injured, out of the doctor's office and from pulling a hamstring in the middle of the Sahara. Stay fit and happy.
2) ASK QUESTIONS - Being a man, this is not part of my genetic make up. That said, it saves you time and makes you less susceptible to becoming the infamous mastermind behind a legendary wrong turn.
3) BE PREPARED - The More you Know! N.B.C.
4) SPEND LESS - The less you spend, the less risk you are taking. Having a $500 backpack stolen hurts a lot more than one that cost you $50.
5) DRINK LESS, DRIVE LESS - Both will cost you a lot of time and money in your life. Let the bus driver handle the flat tires and keep the binging in house. At least most of the time.
6) BE FLEXIBLE - Sometimes you can push something too far. I have really learned this while doing this blog. When it is not working, just let it go and try something new. Far less risky.
7) KEEP GOING - When you just can't be flexible, fight through it. Every time you give up and move on, you lose.
8 - HAVE LESS - When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose.
9) EAT RIGHT - Back to being healthy. At some point my family will not have health insurance. Risky? Not unless we get sick. You are what you eat.
10) THE BACKUP PLAN - Have One. When all else fails, move on to phase two and all is well.
11) GO 100% - The football coach always said, "You go soft, you're going to get hurt." That is true with pretty much everything.
12) LIGHTEN UP - For some reason we think that everything is so crucial. It's not, you fall down and get back up. Just don't give up.
13) FOCUS - Drop everything else and focus on the task at hand. You know that story on the news you saw about the guy who went to grab his cell phone and crashed his car into . . .
14) KNOW YOURSELF - Give yourself an honest assessment. Can you make that great leap, or will you fall short to your doom? Get yourself to a point where you know you will always make it.
15) READ THIS BLOG - We don't write this to make money. We write this to get focused and stay focused. No more "normal" life here. Time to start taking some risks.
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Thanks to Vicki & Chuck Rogers for the photo from flickr.