#leadershiptruth – Knowing is easier than doing

It’s one thing to know what to do. It’s a completely different exercise to actually do what you need to do.

Every year I meet many people who know that they need to but can’t take action to actually do the work. So what holds us back?

As humans, there are two primary sources that motivate us – achievement and fear – but one that drives us the most. Fear of failure, fear of looking stupid, fear of being uncomfortable, fear of dying… fear is what drives most of our choices on a daily basis.

The first part of our brain to develop was our amygdala. It houses that fight, flight or freeze response that allowed our ancestors to outsmart the dangers of prehistoric life. Unfortunately, it still governs our choices today. So, if you know you should be doing something and you’re not, start to dig deeper. What’s the fear that’s underlying your lack of action?

By naming our fears head-on, we can start the process of unpacking them and moving past fear into action.

What’s a fear that you’ve successfully moved past?