How to Bring Caution and Courage Together
Let caution inform action not prevent it.
Act in alignment with your highest point of confidence not your lowest point of caution. Keep caution in the backseat and boldness in the front.
When caution is the end there is no beginning. When caution is fear of failure it’s self-preservation; its selfishness disguised as noble intelligence.
Paralyzing-caution is lack of confidence that says you can’t do it now and you aren’t able to find a way.
The negative impact of caution:
- Procrastination and hesitation.
Making caution work:
Lead courageously not cautiously.
Cautious preparation enables bold execution. Caution fully explores problems. Caution asks what’s wrong; what won’t work. Courage, on the other hand, finds solutions.
Answer caution in small teams and express boldness in large groups. Be cautious before decisions and bold after. Cautious beginnings are weak beginnings that never inspire.
The good side of caution is preparation:
- Seeing problems.
- Exploring options.
- Healthy sobriety.
- Getting help.
- Acting wisely.
The truth is a person without caution is dangerous. Caution is a healthy part of the process. Use caution to rule out things you can’t do so you can courageously identify, explore, and act on things you can do.
Caution on its own is self-affirming stagnation. Caution anticipates failure, if you aren’t careful; it prevents you from doing things that matter.
Purpose and meaning are more important than caution. Caution needs the courage to do something where failure matters. Deliberate with caution act with courage.
Do you lean toward caution or courage?
How do you handle the tension between caution and courage?