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Risk Management for Your Life

Risk Management for Your Life

You can handle life’s bumps with ease when you practice risk management for your life. There are four main areas we’ll focus on for risk management: health, career, finance and relationships. Good guidelines in these areas will keep your life flowing easily and help you recover quickly from any setbacks.

Health

Life is hard to enjoy when we aren’t healthy. Manage your risk for healthproblems by following these simple guidelines:

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  • Drink lots of water.
  • Eat mostly fresh, unprocessed foods.
  • Exercise your body for at least 45 minutes, three times a week.

Career

Career risk management will decrease the likelihood of career problems, such as being laid off, fired, or having difficulty in finding a job. Invest time and effort in these areas:

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  • Network with others in your industry and of similar skill set. Networking will help you learn new things that you can bring to your current position, enhance your skills, and help you meet others who may be able to help you if something happens to your current position. You may also find others to bring onto your team earning you a referral bonus and a strong, competent team.
  • Focus on how yon can best help the company you work for — not how they can help you.
  • Always be polite and positive with your coworkers. Even if you are great at your job, if people find you difficult to work with you could be at the top of the chopping block when the company has to cut staff.
  • Keep your resume up to date so you are ready for anything. It could be a job loss or just an amazing opportunity that lands in your lap.

Finance

Decrease your financial risk to easily weather storms and set yourself up to fully enjoy retirement.

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  • Pay cash for everything except purchasing a house (unless you have enough to pay cash for a house as well).  Yow will save tens of thousands — if not more — by purchasing everything with cash and avoiding interest fees, finance charges, and late payment fees. All of those simply go away when you pay cash and you will never buy something you can’t afford.
  • Get a 15 year mortgage. Only buy as much “house” as you can comfortably afford payments on with a 15 year mortgage. The sooner your house is paid off the better off you will be. That mortgage payment can ba saved and invested for the future or used to have some fun.
  • Max out your retirement savings. First save as much as you need in your 401k to get your employer match. Next max out your IRA savings. Lastly, save more in your 401k or similar account.
  • Keep a 6 month Emergency Fund in liquid savings. This is the money you need available for emergencies, like unforeseen car and house repairs and job loss.
  • Lastly, have your financial affairs in order. Always have a will, as well as health and financial powers of attorney in case of disaster. This is to protect yourself, your money, possessions, and your family.

Relationships

Don’t forget risk mitigation for relationships. It may seem a bit odd, but your relationships with friends and family will bring the most fulfillment to your life. With a little care you can nurture positive relationships that will bring joy for your entire life.

  • Follow the Golden Rule: Always treat others as you want to be treated. This simple rule will keep relationships positive and enjoyable.
  • Make time for the people you love. Call them, send cards, and visit when you can. Too often we are caught up in the day to day and don’t think to make time for our loved ones…until it’s too late.
  • Nurture relationships with people who challenge and inspire you. Choose your friends and surround yourselves with people who make you the best you can be.
  • Limit relationships with people who don’t treat you well. Those who are mean, abusive, unkind, and treat you with disrespect do not enrich your life — and do not deserve your time.

What risk mitigation for your life do you need to do today? Share your plans in the comments below. (Photo credit: Risk Management Key via Shutterstock)

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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