What's the worst that could happen?
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Live Life to the Fullest1 of 8
By Shannan Rouss
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Nothing's worse than a case of the what-ifs. To help you avoid the missed-opportunity trap, Glo brings you this no-regrets formula. Ask yourself which you'd regret more: taking a risk and having it backfire or not taking it and always wondering what might have been. Intrigued? Read on to see how the formula plays out in these seven scenarios.
Making the First Move2 of 8
If it backfires... he'll tell you he has a girlfriend, and you'll smile and say, That's too bad. But secretly, you'll wonder if he made the whole girlfriend thing up. You'll skulk back to the bar, order a Tom Collins and forget about it in a couple hours.
If you never do it... you might miss out on meeting Mr. Right, or at least Mr. Really Great.
Verdict? Check to make sure there's no ring, then sidle on over.
Traveling Solo3 of 8
If it backfires... you'll find yourself in a foreign country where you can barely ask How much does it cost? and Where is the restroom? You might even lose your passport and end up at a hotel that looks nothing like it did in the pictures.
If you never do it... you'll jealously listen as others regale you with tales of their own adventures abroad, but by then you'll be too busy with work or family (or both) to do anything about it.
Verdict? Get travel tips from friends and go somewhere semi-familiar to start. Bon voyage!
Splurging on Yourself4 of 8
If it backfires... you'll buy something way too expensive—a piece of art or a one-of-a-kind necklace. Six months later, you'll be told you need a root canal, so you'll end up selling the item (which you don't really love anymore) for a whole lot less on eBay.
If you never do it... you'll be haunted by images of the un-purchased item, which has been swiped up by someone else. You'll be left to fill the void, buying up poor facsimiles of the original.
Verdict? Do it, but bring along a trusted friend for a second opinion.
Change Your Hair5 of 8
If it backfires... you'll buy a wardrobe of cute hats to hide the hair that you hate. It will take more than a year to get it back to a length you can live with.
If you never do it... you'll be one of those women who make a big deal about getting 2 inches cut off. (It's 2 whole inches!)
Verdict? Hats are very in this season.
Changing Careers6 of 8
If it backfires... you'll start your own business thanks to investments from friends and family. For a while, things will go well, but then the economy will take a turn and you'll be forced to call it quits.
If you never do it... you'll continue toiling away at a job that you're good at but find unfulfilling.
Verdict? Make a plan, prepare for the worst and go forth into the great unknown.
Asking for a Raise7 of 8
If it backfires... you'll be let down gently (assuming it's not your second month on the job or you haven't just returned from a three-week vacation). You'll probably be told that you're valued, you might even get a title promotion. But alas, the coffers will remain closed.
If you never do it... you'll grow more and more embittered, stewing at your desk and plotting your escape.
Verdict? Do it. And if the answer is no, then ask when it will be yes. (Don't actually say that. Instead try something like When can we revisit the issue?)
Mending a Broken Friendship8 of 8
If it backfires... you'll call your old pal and test the waters. You'll suggest getting together for coffee some time. She'll curtly tell you that she's really busy. Maybe too much time has passed, or not enough has.
If you never do it... you'll wonder if she's wondering why you never reached out. And you'll both have lost a friendship that might have been worth saving.
Verdict? Call her, but be prepared to take no for an answer.