I just did it

‘JUST do it’, the famous Nike slogan, is a simple and commendable philosophy – for certain people and when certain conditions exist. There are many of us who never ‘do it’ and many of us who wish we never had done it. Some of us are undisputed champions of the world when it comes to procrastination. Some of us fail to think through all the choices available to us and the consequences of all those choices and regret our actions later. And slightly digressing, if fear of failure is one of the reasons for your procrastination, you may need to change your mindset about ‘failure’. Try seeing ‘failure’ as an event that happens along the journey of life. If you want that journey to be risk free, predictable, with no bumps along the way, if you want to tread a conservative, safe path where the routine of your life is consistent, where the emotional highs and lows feel much the same - then, don’t do much. Don’t take chances, don’t take risks. The less things you do, the less chances you take, the less the likelihood of ‘failure’. If, on the other hand, you want that journey to be exciting, challenging, creative, innovative, full of a wide variety of experiences with highs and lows – be prepared to accept failure as the price you pay for that journey. But remember to use each failure wisely, for the opportunity that it presents, for the learning that it holds. Success and failure go hand in hand. You probably can’t have one without the other. The world is full of stories about successful people who had many failures along the way. Except these people probably don’t think in terms of failure, they probably just see these as bumps in their journey. So, be smart, don’t set out to create failure, but don’t be frightened to fail. Before you jump in and just do it or to help you jump in and just do it, see if you can answer these questions. • What are the things that have the potential to go wrong and what is the real likelihood that they will? • How will you react to these if they occur? How will others react? • Are you prepared to accept those reactions? Will those reactions make the situation better or worse? • What could you do to prevent things from going wrong? • How will you know if things are going wrong? • What is blocking you from taking this action? What do you fear about taking this action? Are these fears real or imaginary? • What is the worst consequence for you if what you fear comes true? Does it really make the current situation better or worse? • If what you fear does come true, is it something others will feel or notice or is it something that only you will feel? • Are you clear on what to do? Do you have all the knowledge or information that you need to be successful? Do you understand the broader context affecting the situation? Have you checked out your perspective and interpretation of the situation with knowledgeable others? • Are you clear on why you want to do this? Are you convinced that this is the right thing to do? • Do you know what precautions you need to take? • What unpleasant but necessary actions are you likely to avoid? Ok. Now, just do it or just drop it. “Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.” - Victor Frankl “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” – Henry C Link From the international best-selling books, ‘You Lead, They’ll Follow. How to inspire, lead and manage people. Really.’ Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Daniel Kehoe published by McGraw Hill. for on-line orders. Daniel Kehoe provides a range of innovative tools for leadership, people management and business improvement to small, medium and large organizations including the You Lead, They’ll Follow Experience® and Systematic-Innovation® - one of the best ideas management systems on the planet. See T 08 9477 1135 E

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