Taking Risks

Risks come in all sizes and shapes. Some are as small as driving to a new section of town, or saying I’m sorry. Others are huge – quitting a job, performing in front of an audience, taking financial risks. We tend to approach risk- taking in different ways, depending on our personalities, our culture and our upbringing. We learn about fear and safety and choices as children, and often model ourselves after our parents. It is not unusual for different members of a couple to have very different styles when it comes to taking risks. This can be a wonderful source of energy and excitement in a relationship, as long as it doesn’t turn into a source of will struggle. The trick is to approach the discussion and difference with curiosity rather than digging into the conflict. This Dialogue will help you explore your reactions to risk taking and what it means to you.

As I think about taking risks what I feel inside is 

The kind of risks I am most comfortable taking are

The kind of risks I really avoid are

What I learned about risk taking as a child was

What’s hard for me about taking risks is

And what I like about taking risks is

A risk I would like to think about taking is

Thank you for listening.

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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