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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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