Why do I have a hard time taking action?

August 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

What keeps us from taking action?

 Some people are just lazy so they never get around to doing what they know they need to do. “The lazy desires and yet has nothing”. (Proverbs 13:4) But in the business world, as far as owners go, this is a rare condition.

Another more common condition is they are too busy to take action. You can be too busy doing so many urgent tasks that you don’t take action on the important tasks that will have the greatest impact on your business.

We need to learn how to set priorities and say NO to many things so we can do the most important things.

Another common reason for inaction is fear. Fear can immobilize us and keep us from accomplishing the tasks that need to get done.

I have a certain amount of experience in this area. In 2008 I went through a series of trials that crippled me mentally and emotionally for a season, and the time of recovery was slow and at times very frustrating. In the process I gained some personal insight into how fear paralyzes a person.

Up to that point I was a go getter having started a dozen businesses, been involved in ministry and raising 12 children. I got things done. But fear shut me down.

One of the great things I learned in going through that trial was empathy, before I would tell someone just to gut it up and get going but I learned through personal failure that it isn’t always that easy.

What are we afraid of?

We can be afraid of failure, that our decision will bring ridicule raining down on us. We can be afraid of success thinking I don’t deserve for this to work out. Perfectionism can keep us from getting the ball rolling. And then there can be those irrational and unknown fears that come on us like a dark cloud that drives us under cover and incapacitates us.

How do we overcome fear?

1. Know that you are not alone and that many successful people have battled the same things and have come through to the other end.

2. Ask for help and prayer. Don’t try to be the strong one. Look for encouragement from those who have experienced fear and won the battle.

“But encourage one another daily less any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews

During the trial I went through, I had to have my wife and children pray for me every night, just so I could sleep. I learned the need I had for other people to help me make it but through my trials

3. Read inspirational and motivational books. They can give you a few minutes of reprieve from the battle in your mind and stir up hope within you.

4. Drive this idea into your mind. “Imperfect action beats perfect inaction every time.” Just do something and don’t worry about it being done perfectly.

5. Get clear what your vision and calling is and take time to think deeply about that on a regular basis

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Timothy 1:7

Jeff

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