Be afraid, Make a choice, Get it done!

27 05 2016

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with the fear.” ~ Rosa Parks

Wow, I love it when I stumble across a powerful quote like this one from Mrs. Parks.  I read it, and thought “Yup.  True Story.”  Whether you’re headed for your first battle, deciding to make a major life change (selling your house, moving away from Mom & Dads), or just decide to finally stand up to a poor leader and/or bully, you’ve probably experienced this truth.  When the worry, fretting, and fear is done, and you decide to DO IT, if you’re like me, you probably take a deep breath (maybe say a cuss word or 2), square your shoulders, and get on with it.

Leaders, when you’re debating a course of action with your team, be sure that you let everyone talk about what their concerns are.  Have a few devil’s advocates in the room, poke holes in the idea, ask how it can blow up… then make up your mind.  Once you’ve decided to do it, your job goes from “debate team leader” to “cheerleader”.  The decision is made.  From now on the attitude needs to be:  “Of course we’re going to get there!”  There will be obstacles, but you considered them, do deal with them.  Lead positively.  It will happen (even if you’re still a little worried in the back of your mind that it won’t).  Don’t let your team see your doubt, if you have any.  Never let them see you sweat.

Speaking of fear…

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