Action

This week’s Pearl of Leadership Wisdom is on…Action

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” Anon

Our brains are brilliant but they are also charged with our protection. We can see wonderful opportunity and possibility, but also the risks and the threats. A large part of our brain simply wants us to stay in our cave. Take no risks. Stay alive.

If you go down to the woods today…

But the risks we face today in 2010 are not as extreme as perhaps they were in 25,000 BC. But our brains apply the same constraint of fear as if we were thinking of taking a walk in the woods, in 25,000 BC, by ourselves, whilst leaving our club behind in the cave, and not noticing the large foot prints in the soil…

We all have…

…a comfort zone. Its limits are defined by our unconquered fears. But here’s a thing – your comfort zone cannot stay the same size. It either gets bigger or smaller. It’s a clearing in the woods.

I never saw a thing…

Venture into the edge of the woods every day and chop down a few trees. Your clearing is getting bigger. Do nothing and Mother Nature will reclaim what is hers. As you go about your day wandering around your clearing, never getting too close to the edge, you won’t see her do her work. But she’s doing it, one sapling at a time. Your clearing is getting smaller.

I hate you too…

Fear kills action. Stone dead. Or hobbles it; disables it. But the animosity is mutual. Action kills fear as well.  ACTION KILLS FEAR. It’s like matter and anti-matter. Fear and action cannot co-exist for long. One or the other will prevail. One will cast the other out into the wilderness.

The fear delusion…

Fear exists. I am fearful of large dogs. I mean really big ones. But fear’s PR department has been getting away with murder for centuries…longer. These PR guys have sold us maximum strength, new improved fear when in reality the underlying threats are getting smaller.
It’s probably right to be fearful of dinosaurs, less so of making a speech. Boiling lava – yes. Launching a new business – no. Acid-spitting killer ants the size of dinner plates – yes. Picking up the phone – no.

You will not be surprised to know I advocate taking action. Action gets results which lead to new and better actions which lead to new and better results and so it goes on – it’s like Darwinism. Evolution for your life. With you in the driving seat. And action is the ignition key…

Mark

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