As we get older we become more and more risk averse. Take a moment to think about all the random decisions you made in your twenties (the good ones!) and you ended up just fine. For example, I remember being 24-years-old and absolutely hating my job. I mean, I REALLY dreaded going to work every day. One day I woke up and said to myself, "I'm giving my 2-week resignation today". I even had the nerve to type up the letter while I was at work before hand delivering it to my supervisor!
It never occurred to me what would happen if I never found another job. I didn't think about how I was going to pay my bills. I didn't even think about losing health insurance. What I do remember was feeling empowered, I felt in control of my life, I felt confident, and I felt motivated to look for the job I really wanted-- a job that would make me happy to go to work-- every. single. day.
Four weeks later I had a new job. I didn't skip a beat.
I have a bunch of stories like this one where I didn't waste time stressing about how I was going to do something, or when was the best time to do it, I didn't care what anyone thought about it, nor did I try to figure out if, and when, my bank account going to align with my goal. If I had, I can guarantee you I never would have done much! I don't regret any of my past decisions. Not every decision I made when I was in my twenties was a good decision, but my point is that when we were younger we were fearless and at a minimum, eager to try something once.
What if you tapped into that fearlessness again?
Now in your 40's, you may have looked up and realized that ten, twenty years have blown by and not only are you not living the life you want to live, but you are paralyzed to even try something new. Maybe you think you are too old to have a new dream. Well I am here to tell you to get up, take the risk, and try something new! Cultivating the life you want to live is going to require action on your part.
For me, just venturing out on my own running my business full-time is a risk. I have the option to apply for jobs that will provide a 6-figure income and amazing benefits. The only problem is that I've reached a point in my life where I want to do the things that make me happy and that bring me joy. Unfortunately, that does not include working for someone else. The awesome thing about being 40-something is that we have lived, we have experience, and we are wiser now. We can couple the fearlessness of taking risks in our twenties with the knowledge and wisdom of our forties to take an educated risk.
Taking Risks in your Forties
To help you embrace taking a risk in your forties, I'll share how I am taking a risk with going into full-time business for myself:
I'm taking a risk starting a lifestyle blog business as a single woman. Not being married means It's just me. There is no second income flowing into the household as a safety net.
I'm taking a risk because I have to learn a whole new set of technology skills to efficiently run my blog, social media, and marketing for my business. The learning curve is always a little steeper when you're older, lol.
I am taking a risk because being in business for myself means there are no consistent paychecks. There are no pay raises, or bonuses. I have to hustle and make things happen to generate income.
I am feeling the fear, and doing it anyway. I am cultivating the life I want to live. While I don't have all the answers, I know it can be done! In the words of Marie Forleo -- "Everything is Figure-out-able".
What is the one thing you want to cultivate in life but you are afraid to take the risk? It can be big or small. Risk is relative and in the eye of the beholder, so don't be afraid to share. Post in the comments below! I would love to hear from you.