We’ve all heard the phrase “what have you got to lose?” before. In other words, “what could go wrong?”
We use this phrase to motivate ourselves into doing something.
It’s our way of justifying something that usually comes from a place of emotion more so than logic.
We often use this phrase when we’re thinking with our hearts more than our heads.
I think using this kind of phrasing is a great way to push ourselves to do things we wouldn’t normally do.
But what if we took the question literally?
I’ve talked about this before.
There’s nothing wrong with literally breaking down what you could actually lose in a scenario if you take a leap.
Here’s my suggestion:
If what you have to lose can be recovered in a reasonable and justifiable period of time, it’s worth the risk.
In other words, most of us have the power to recover money.
Most of us have the power to recover lose valuables.
But we can’t recover people who we lose.
We can’t recover time that is spent.
It’s all a balancing act and you must truly weigh what it is you’ll be losing in a scenario vs. what you can gain.
Another thing to keep in mind. Is the lesson you will learn from a potential loss worth it as well?
All things to consider when deciding to take a leap you otherwise might not make.