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There is plenty of fear out there right now but don’t let fear deter you from your goals. Playing it safe and taking the path of least resistance is a choice many people take. But taking the safe course of action may be more risky than stepping out there. You may lose an opportunity, your competitive edge or your business when you play it safe. 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.

Time Passes

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.

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 post on our website see WHAT IS STOPPING YOUR FROM REACHING YOUR GOAL?


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Comments (20)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Grant.

The only fear I have is snakes.  Otherwise if I fail, its a learning experience which I will overcome the next time around.

Jul 19, 2021 12:30 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Doing nothing is rarely a decision that I make, I am always wanting to do something to accomplish my goals and it is just a matter how much risk I want to take.

Jul 19, 2021 04:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Grant - how one faces fear can be revealing.  To oneself and to others.  

Jul 19, 2021 04:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Grant... fear of failure can really stop one dead in their tracks. And being fearless is not always easy... one has to "practice" it.

Jul 19, 2021 04:49 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

James - yep, just pick yourself up and start again.

Brian - doing nothing is never good.

Michael - I would certainly agree with you on that.

Jul 19, 2021 05:30 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nina - I know.  I have been there in the past.

Jul 19, 2021 05:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Grant and one again a excellent blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Can I reblog it sometime?


Jul 19, 2021 06:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, I have a call to make today that does make me nervous, but will muster up my confidence and make it! 

Jul 19, 2021 06:48 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Grant! Yes, and fear of success can deter some as well in their journey

Jul 19, 2021 07:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Jul 19, 2021 07:28 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Will - why of course.  I would appreciate a reblog.

Joan - you are a pro and will nail that call.

Rocky - I agree.  Fear of Success holds people back.

Roy - thanks so much.


Jul 19, 2021 08:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Grant,

Ron's wonderful father used to say, the only fear I have is the fear of poverty!  Happy Monday!  A

Jul 19, 2021 08:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ron and Alexandra - that is a reasonable fear.

Jul 19, 2021 09:00 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Meeting my goals are important, and learning new ideas is so rewarding. I want to always continue to learn!

Jul 19, 2021 11:00 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant I have never let fear dictate what I do.  I refuse to let fear control my life.  I do not let it control my business, or personal life.  A good example of that is this past year.  COVID-19 did not keep me from doing what I need to do or where I needed to go.  We need to be wise in how we do things, but that is very different from letting fear determine what we do.

Jul 19, 2021 04:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Grant- this is so true. So many are risk-averse and have a difficult time going beyond that. 

Jul 19, 2021 04:26 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Larry and Sheila - an ambitious goal is very motivating.

George - focus on our goals and reward takes the emphasis off fear.

Kathy - indeed.  And there are many risk adverse business owners who will not grow.

Jul 20, 2021 03:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

First we have to realize we can't use fear not to take action Grant Schneider 

Jul 20, 2021 10:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Paul - that is for sure.  We must eliminate it.

Jul 21, 2021 04:06 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - The first thing I thought of was Bruce Arians.  Before he was the coach of the Super Bowl Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was the Arizona Cardinals coach. I remember this saying at just about every game that was on TV.  His famous saying is "No risk it, no biscuit". 

Jul 22, 2021 06:10 PM