The Risk of Inaction

Many times we fail to take action for fear of the risks.  What happens if we make the wrong move with our team, if we stumble while implementing something new, or if we look foolish in front of others?  Isn’t it less risky to just play it safe and do nothing?

I suggest we consider the world around us.

It makes intuitive sense that travel puts us at greater risk than staying in the house.  However, according to statistics from the National Safety Council, we are almost as likely to meet the Grim Reaper in a plane crash (1 in 4,608 chance) as we are from falling down at home (1 in 5,508 chance).

In fact, too much non-action year after year ultimately shortens our lives.  The number one cause of death each year is heart disease, which is directly related to inactivity.

William Shedd once said, “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”  Life doesn’t put on kid gloves for any type of inactivity or indecision.  We are meant to explore our potential and make tough choices and move our lives in an appropriate direction.

Therefore, what is one step you can take right now to create momentum in your life?  Consider moving outside of your comfort zone.  What is the boldest decision you could make right now personally or professionally?

As you weigh the risks and rewards of getting your ship out of the harbor, please contemplate the words of Win Borden.  “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”

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