Joy Diet

Jamie Ridler is doing the Joy Diet by Martha Beck as a book club and I am joining in the reading. I really enjoyed reading about other’s experience with the book. I’ve been continuing with my nothing from between 5 and 20 minutes and asking myself about the truth. Then we asked ourselves what we want and came up with ways to get it.

This chapter: Risk

Beck in her book says that usually in order to get what we want we need to take risks. And the main reason we don’t get what we want is fear. But she assures us that the more we practice taking these risks, the easier they get. Sure, we’ll still feel the fear but with practice it gets easier to deal with fear.

These don’t have to be huge risks. If you can’t get yourself to take the big risk, maybe break it down until it’s a smaller risk.

Some of the risks of my week: Posting something I was unsure about, making a call, saying no,  and figuring out some finance details.

What risks could you take to get a simpler life? Find out exactly what you owe in debts and create a plan. Declining a committee position. Saying no to another activity for the kids. You can create a life you want.

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6 comments

  • Sherry

    Starting small with risk is the best way to go — build up your confidence and self-assurance before being ready to say “here I go”. And saying “no” — that one is a big risk for a lot of people.

  • Alex Lim

    I think this is a case of desensitization, by constant practice of taking risk we immune ourselves from hesitation and doubts. We build confidence by doing a certain thing and accomplishing it beyond our expectation. I find this true when dealing with other people, selling something which is not really necessary for them. You might be rejected, most of the time, but the only way to know your capabilities is to try. The best way to deal with rejection is anticipate then be prepared.

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