SIX CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE RISK-TAKING
Many ingredients are important that we put together to fulfill our destinies but few of them are indispensable. Risk-taking is one of the few indispensable principles of destiny fulfillment. (Esther 4:15-16 NIV.)
To take Risk simply means to engage in actions which outcome are not certain; Actions with disappointing potentials. Risk is the possibility that an event will occur and adversely affect the achievement of objectives.
There is a tale that when Man first saw the Camel, he was so frightened at his vast size that he ran away. After a time as he took the risk to draw closer, he perceived the meekness and gentleness of the beast’s temper; he then took another risk to approach him. Soon afterwards, observing that he was an animal altogether deficient in spirit, he assumed such boldness as to put a bridle in his mouth, and to let a child drive him. Any challenge of your destiny, first appears like a huge camel. But the more you take the risk to tackle it, the more you realize that it is possible. Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus who challenged the rages and waves of the sea to discover the American continent, once said: “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. The reason why we cannot succeed with our destinies is because we are not ready to take some risk. Risk comes just after courage because the work that courage starts, risk-taking continues. Risk and courage are twin sisters; but just like with twins, one comes out of the womb before the other. Courage comes before risking, but risking must follow immediately.
Risk-taking is indispensable for destiny fulfillment and those who fail to take important risks during their life will latter regret bitterly. In his book, millionaire mindset, Robert Gerry gives a report to support the need of taking risks in life. According to him, Dr. Anthony Campolo, Professor of Sociology at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, shared the results of a survey where 50 people of 95 years and older were asked: “If you could live your life over what would you do differently?” According to Roberts,
These old folks said that if they could live their lives over they would: 1. Reflect more. These seniors said they would take the time to think about what was going on and live their lives along well thought out priorities. They would contemplate the meaning of life, family, work and much more. 2. Risk more. These wonderful people said that they would take more chances in life. If they could re-live their lives, they wouldn’t be so scared to take risks. They would develop more courage to venture out of their comfort zones. 3-Do things that would out-last them. They wanted to know their lives counted for somethings that long after they left this world their impact would somehow live on. We all can learn something from these people about setting goals. Consider what they said as you set the course for your life.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A VISION THAT DESERVES RISKING
Actually, children of God must take risk if they want to fulfill all that the Lord has in store for them. But we should not risk in everything. There are some visions that require that we take risks for them. Apostle Paul, so carried by the vision he had on the road to Damascus, was ready to risk for it. In (2 Cor 11:21-30), we have a list of the various types of risk he involved himself into. These are the indicators of a vision that is worth risk-taking.
1. The vision must be strong in your spirit.
To risk in a vision, make sure it is so strong in your spirit. Paul said “woe unto me if I don’t preach the gospel.”
2-You must truly respect the vision. The proof of it will be the time and effort you are willing to put into it.
3-You must be passionate about the vision. The proof of it will be the price you are ready to pay. Mike Murdock gives us this example: He had a vision to play saxophone, but he was not ready to sit down to take lessons on saxophone, then he understood that if he bought a saxophone he will never know how to play it. To risk out for a venture, be sure you can go any length for it.
4- The vision must dominate your imagination. The proof of it will be that you think about it all the time. The vision must be foremost in your heart. If God has given you a true vision and genuine purpose, it will pop up in conversation. It will be something bigger than you; too big to keep quiet about.
5-The vision must be clear in your mind. Don’t risk in a vision that is vague.
6- You must have pleasure and fun each time you think of the vision. Your feelings can be good indicators of your love for the vision. If each time you think about a venture it brings you sadness, no need to risk into. Paul had the pleasure to follow his vision not necessarily because it was an easy and pain free vision. We all know it was not; the pleasure came from the sense of mission he felt. When you know that you are about to do what you are born for, you will surely be excited.
Risk must be taken. It is important for achievement especially achievement of destiny, and the bigger the risk the bigger the result. Don’t wait until the difficulties vanish, because, unfortunately it is always the opportunities and rarely the difficulties that vanish over time. So screen your dreams very well, any dream, a real vision, product of your desire and passion, go for it, take the risk and you shall not regret.
God bless you
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rev. Tchankio Jules is a dynamic preacher and resourceful teacher of the word of God. He is a conference speaker and author of many books. Learn more about effective risk taking by reading his book, PRINCIPLES THAT MAKE PEOPLE SUCCEED. The book is available on amazon stores all over the world!