Reducing Risk in Any Situation

WAYS TO REDUCE RISK IN ANY SITUATION Life is full of risks.  Although many people thrive on taking risks, most people worry about risk and sometimes are paralyzed when they think about taking on a decision that entails risk.  We cannot avoid risk but we can reduce or mitigate it if we take the time to go through a few simple steps.  Define the problem in writing Writing out a problem allows you to really dissect it and understand it.   Also, having a problem written down allows you to go back to it as often as necessary to study it.  Studying the problem often allows you to see  aspects of it that you never before considered.  Write out all possible outcomes and solutions After the problem has been defined, you should give a lot of thought to all the possible solutions. Each solution will have its own set of outcomes or consequences (Pros and Cons).  These outcomes are the “what ifs” as in “what if we do  nothing?” or “what if we (fill in the blank)?”.  Listing each solution with its outcomes (pros and cons) on a separate page will help  you move through this process.  Write out the pros and cons for each possible solution I like to write out the problem on the top of the page, then write the solution, and finally, draw

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Determining Your Career

You Are in Charge of Your Career Being in charge of your career is an awesome responsibility.  You may have dreams for your future but they will remain only dreams unless you turn them into SMART goals and reach at least some of them.    One point that differentiates a goal from a dream is that a goal is written. A SMART goal is a written goal that is: Specific…you can describe it concretely to others Measurable…you can tell when you have accomplished it Attainable…it is something you can actually do  Relevant…it is something that makes sense to do in your life Time-specific…there is a date when you will have attained the goal  Today the thought is that individuals may change careers as many as 4 or 5 times during their working lives.  The idea that you may have 4 or 5 careers can be overwhelming if you don’t even know what you want to do for your first career!  Remember, you don’t have to know everything all at once. Everyday you learn a little more about all sorts of topics and your ideas will change.  But, how can you have several careers and what does that really mean?  Everyone’s career path will obviously be different.  Some will train for a career and stay in that career. Others will go into a certain field like medicine, law, or business, and move around in

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