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May 06, 2018 0 Comments

Why You May Not As Successful As You Would Like

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt, PhD

Fear – that paralyzing emotion that has been haunting mankind for years. Like all other emotions, fear is a creation of the mind. However, denial of fear, ignoring its cause and doing nothing to prevent it, is what causes fear to increase. It is said that when life is going in the wrong direction, an unplanned disruption is far better than a planned inaction. It is in the main characteristics of a good leader to be able to take the right action at the right time. In this article, I are going to point out how an appropriate action can bring a good outcome, whereas inaction only spawns more fear.
Consider the following example: you have recently inherited your father’s extremely successful company. However, due to a relative’s untimely death and your inexperience at running a company, the business has lost many valuable employees and has been gradually sinking in debt ever since. In this case, not making a change to lift the business out of its crisis would only make matters worse. It would be up to you to try a new course of action, maybe consulting with the older employees to help you come with it. Even a random action brings change into an unfortunate situation and may change it for the better.

There are many ways to take action. If you are desperately in need of a vacation after working tirelessly for years, then leave everything and book that flight ticket. If your job is suffocating you, then find another one – and quit! At the end of the day, if you seem to find no more time to yourself, then something is definitely not right. Take a good look at your priorities, at how much time you are giving to yourself and your family, then shift your schedule for the outside world. The hardest part is contemplating on what action to take. Just make a decision and go with it! Things will get easier once the decision is made.

Inaction spawns fear. It gives fuel to the voices in your head which whisper that you cannot do it, or cannot succeed. Not only that, inaction is also expensive. A person thinking that things will get better if they stay on the same path or that inaction is the ‘safe’ path is actually wasting precious time on their hands. Time is a costly resource. Believing that luck will favor if enough time passes by will only cause a lot of time to be wasted. Luck only favors the people who take action and attempt to change their own fate. Only in movies does luck simply appear.

The best way to gain results and beat the fear behind inaction is to step out of your comfort zone. By purposefully doing something which makes you uncomfortable, you are inviting new experiences and change into your life. Think about your past. You will see that usually change leads to something better. I once read that life is what we make of it. It is your life and your decisions. Take the action: because, only then will there be results. Life is all about the quality of the choices we make and how we spend our time. If you really want to have a life without regrets, make some time to create a list of goals you would like to achieve, then create a timeline with real dates. The difference between a goal and a dream are dates and action. Plan for success and you may find that you are very proud you faced your fears and made life happen for you. Start today and create a life you truly love—one planned action at a time.

Dr. Paul Gerhardt is a tenured professor of management, diversity and well-respected and trusted leadership lecturer/trainer who helps organizations get amazing returns on investment. Dr. Gerhardt is the author of several publications available on, including Diversity at Work and the new Leadership Handbook. Consider inviting Dr. Paul Gerhardt to do customized leadership or diversity training at your organization. Most organizations find that diversity and leadership training by the right trainer has a significant instant return on investment. You can get your FREE COPY of the Leadership Handbook by clicking this link:


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