When caution pervades everything aspect of your being, it is time to recalibrate.
The lockdowns and social distancing of the last 14 months have left many people in a state of lethargy; they are fearful of taking this action or that. Caution was and still is prudent, but when caution pervades everything aspect of your being and dominates your life, it is time to recalibrate.
The late Earl Nightingale, a renowned motivational speaker and author, once said you can’t get to second base if you won’t take your foot off first. You can’t attain what you want if you remain “one of the timid feeders in the lagoon” who fears to venture out into the deep blue sea.
Lights, Camera, Action
If you’re facing a challenging situation, after contemplating how to proceed, your next step is to take action:
* Pick up your phone right now and call whomever you need to speak to.
* Buy the plane ticket, train ticket, or boat ticket to go see the person or people you need to see.
If your challenge involves spending money, review your budget and move the requisite funds into place. If you don’t have adequate funds, list all the possible legitimate ways to acquire them.
Also, identify any items and issues that are no longer valid or in the way. Then, without remorse, remove them from your life. If you need motivation, announce your intentions to somebody else, or commit yourself on paper.
Deadly Sin or Divine Aspiration
Like clockwork, when you decide to tackle a challenge, someone will come along and try to tell you not to do it. That someone could be a board member, a key staff person, a vendor, or one of your long term members
“It can’t be done.”
“It shouldn’t be done.”
“You can’t do it.”
“You shouldn’t do it.”
“You’re going to fail.”
Don’t be surprised if you hear these kinds of admonitions. The typical person dislikes change, avoids change, doesn’t see the possibilities that you see, and cannot envision a successful conclusion. Hence, you can’t take a quick survey of others and expect any meaningful input.
It is valuable, however, if trusted peers point out specific hazards to your goals. For example, if others can offer relevant, factual information that you need to know to fully understand what it will take to achieve your goals, then more power to them and to you.
Let’s Get Unreasonable
If you understand the impediments that you face, you’re better off than if you proceed blindly. When you understand the pitfalls and still commit to proceeding full speed ahead, then the choice is indeed yours, and it’s a grand one.
I read once that nothing of lasting value is accomplished by reasonable men (and of course, women too). It is the unreasonable people – the discontented, the dreamers who still keep their feet firmly planted on solid ground, or the visionaries – who improve peoples’ lives, or, in rare instances, help to advance society.
The reasonable man or woman can talk himself or herself out of anything, no matter how great the merit of the venture or cause. You probably could stand to be bit more unreasonable when it comes to your challenges.