As a Project Manager, the role requires the identification and management of risk.
Risk has connotations of being a bad, a quick Google search on dictionary definitions describing risk says:
“a situation involving exposure to danger.”
“expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.”
- Quitting a job you hate because you don’t want to take the risk of failing in another pursuit
- Leaving a shitty relationship because you don’t want to take the risk of being alone
- Not going to an event to network and find new opportunities because you don’t want to take the risk of triggering your social anxieties
Okay… I admit, the last example was very personal to a situation where I am very risk averse.
Going back to Project Management, when we set plans to manage risks, “take the opportunity” is a perfect valid options for a good Project Manager should consider – creating benefits for the project or the wider business.
Take the opportunity
As 2020 begins I realise I’ve grown complacent in taking risks.
I’m comfortable in my situation and averse to acting on impulse for the impact on my decisions, doesn’t just affect me, but my family too.
But, the last year made me realise I need to do a lot more and take the opportunity when it presents itself.
A bit like Jim Carrey in Yes Man, I want to being more open to take part in the opportunities that present itself and the risks that come with it (though obviously not so much in a silly way a comedy does, being a pushover unable to assert oneself.)
For 2020 answer these questions:
Do you really want to make this your year?
Are you prepared to do what it takes to meet your resolutions?
Are you ready to take the opportunity (whatever that may be)?
Excellent! Then let’s go get it!
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