“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.” – John McCain
Whether or not we admit it to ourselves, fear is an often excuse for inaction. Living lives rooted in maintaining a ‘status quo’ is hardly exciting. The weight we give to ‘thinking’ in advance about the potential ‘post-decision regret’ is a great example of not living in the moment. And I’m guilty of this. I have always been one of those who like to ‘keep my options open’. In this mindset, I never full commit myself to any single path because I desire the ‘option’ to jump to another path if I choose to. It’s especially tough today with so many options available to us.
Living with this indecision is painful. Consider this quote from The Pond Guy in 50 Interviews; “Life’s intensity of spirit rests on a pinpoint and it hurts staying there.” To get beyond this, tell yourself:
Giving all the information I have right now, I’m making a decision to commit to this path. I forgive myself in advance for any pain I may cause myself or others in taking this path. Based on the fact I am making the best decision I can at this time, despite any negative result, I will not live in a space of regret that this was somehow a poor decision. I know in my heart that I’ve made the best decision I could at the time.
The entrepreneurs profiled in 50 Interviews made key decisions based on a listening to their gut, and acting despite any fear of an uncertain result. In many cases, they didn’t have a clear plan, but had faith they would find a way through.
I believe that right now, given the uncertainty of our economic times, worry has a lot of people paralyzed from taking the necessary steps to move forward. I believe our massive ‘worry in action’ is digging a deeper hole and we must get beyond our fears if we are going to pull ourselves out of this mess. 50 Interviews offers a framework that you can follow to begin taking steps towards taking action despite your fears.