WHAT IS THE COST OF PLAYING IT SAFE?

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Do you like to play it safe? Taking the path of least resistance is a choice many people take. Taking the safe course of action is risky. That’s right! For example, you may lose an opportunity, your competitive edge or your business. Someone else may replace you while you are in your comfort zone.

This is the takeaway. There is risk of acting but there is also risk of inaction. Being fearful of acting may be much riskier that taking that action. How many times have you said, I should have, I could have, I would have?

I recently coached a Westchester County NY business executive. She wanted to advance in her career, but she was playing it safe and waiting for the right time. What could she lose by playing it safe? She could lose a great opportunity. So why wait? Fear!

Another reason for waiting might be that the rewards aren’t enough to motivate them into action. Another probable reason is that procrastination has derailed or stalled them. The inability to act can often be traced to fear, doubt, or the absence of a clear picture of the potential rewards and consequences.

Some of these fears include:

Fear of criticism, rejection, or exposure: The need for social acceptance will result in going to great lengths to adopt a mode of dress or a certain type of behavior because of fear of criticism and rejection of others. Fear of having an idea rejected continues to lose billions of dollars for American business.

Fear of the unknown: The need for security and safety causes us to be fearful in those situations in which we’re not sure what is going to happen. Our fear of what might or might not happen can cause us to keep from doing those things we should do to bring us closer to our goals. One key to addressing fear of the unknown is examining the possibilities and then weighing them against doing nothing.

Fear of failure: Whether it’s the president who’s afraid to make a change in structure or the manager who is afraid to develop a more competent, self-directed team, or an individual considering a business of their own, fear can be a major deterrent to success. If you promote a risk avoidance mentality then the entire goal setting process can be stifled. If mistakes are met with criticism and/or punishment, people will be inclined to do only what they know how to do. It will inhibit creativity and improvement. By not trying, people frequently ensure failure—the very thing that they’re trying to avoid. Fear of failure has blinded many people from seeing opportunities.

It is important to remember that failure is important to success if it is viewed as an opportunity to learn. To change failure from a negative experience to a positive phenomenon, eliminate those conditions which contribute to fear of failure.

 

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Remember that there is always risk. However, the risk of doing nothing may be more devastating than the risk of action. Just do something. What’s keeping you from succeeding?  For a similar blog on our web site see ARE YOU PARALIZED BY FEAR?

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Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
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Congratulations on a well deserved feature. This reminds me of the car and the hot stove the cat will never sit on a hot stove again but he will never sit on a cold one either. Once burned twice shy.

Dec 04, 2018 04:55 AM #32
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Sharon Tara
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A well deserved feature Grant! There is a cost to playing it safe.

"It is important to remember that failure is important to success if it is viewed as an opportunity to learn."

Dec 04, 2018 05:00 AM #33
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Grant Schneider,

I'm so glad to see this post featured. Fear is so important to success. You have to learn to face and conquer fear..you are right..its just an opportunity to learn!

Dec 04, 2018 05:30 AM #34
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Fred - your comment really says it best.

Elisa - yes, and that excites some people as well.

John -  yes, fear is really being frozen in place.

James - like living on the edge right?

Kat - yes, a life is a terrible thing to waste.

Muhammad - interesting point and yet you must have courage if something is right and has to be said.

Lise - that is exactly the source of most fears--something bad happened in the past.

Sharon - yes, that is correct.  We need mistakes to learn.

Dorie -  this is a very important point.  If you haven't fallen a few times you haven't done anything.

Dec 04, 2018 11:02 AM #35
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Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Outstanding post Grant.

I think everyone at some time or another have come across this obstacle.

Great reminder.

Dec 04, 2018 01:25 PM #36
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Hi Grant

So glad to see that gold star that is so well deserved. There are a number of points you made that really stood out, in particular your comment that there is a risk of acting, but also a risk of no action. Sometimes the latter is more risky and a great loss!

Jeff

Dec 04, 2018 09:42 PM #37
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Grant how did I miss this fantastic post, you are singing my music.... I am all about being "Fearless" Endre

Dec 04, 2018 10:46 PM #38
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Grant Schneider
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Wayne - yes, everyone has come accross the obstacle of fear.

Jeff - yes, we simply can't elimate risk so what risks do we want to take.

Endre - I love it!  Fearless Endre!

Dec 05, 2018 03:06 AM #39
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Peter den Boer
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Grant Schneider excellent post. May I add a little corollary to this? I often hear in marketing, "but what does it cost?" I answer, "what does it cost not to?"

Have a great day!

Dec 05, 2018 04:58 AM #40
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Ron Tissier
Chapman Hall Premier Realtors (404) 580-9069 - Atlanta, GA
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Action creates traction.

Cheers!

Dec 05, 2018 06:17 AM #41
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Grant Schneider
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Peter - that is a perfect corollary!

Ron - that is a great statement.

Dec 05, 2018 07:26 AM #42
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Will Hamm
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Fearless, Grant love this blog as most of yours.  You should be writing some books!

Dec 05, 2018 09:29 AM #43
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Fear is a  sometimes a useless emotion.  I hear excuses based on fear so often and most of the time--unfounded. 

Dec 05, 2018 09:39 AM #44
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Grant Schneider
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Will - thanks, I appreciate that.

Mary - yes it is although to the person it seams real.

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Dec 06, 2018 11:45 PM #46
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Sham Reddy
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Thanks for the blog!!!

The inability to act can often be traced to fear, doubt, or the absence of a clear picture of the potential rewards and consequences.

Dec 07, 2018 03:49 AM #47
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Wonderful post and happy to see the star attached. We should all be fearful of dying knowing we let fear impede our potential in the world. 

Dec 07, 2018 06:57 AM #48
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Grant Schneider
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Sham - no reward no incentive.

Debb and Bernie - or die knowing we had the fight and didn' t use it.

 

Dec 08, 2018 07:24 AM #49
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Anthony Kirlew
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I was just telling a friend that I am not going to let the fear of having to be perfect hold me back. I am the guy that cringes when I see a marketing piece that is slapped together and sloppy... then I realize, they did their job by getting it in my hands.

A great quote that may help others in this regard is, "Done is Better Than Perfect." Don't let that fear of perfection hold you back from success!

Dec 08, 2018 03:22 PM #50
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Grant Schneider
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Anthony - that is one of the big excuses.  I am not going to do it until I do it right.  Just do it.

Dec 09, 2018 06:11 AM #51
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