7 Questions that Confront Paralysis

The status quo makes sense to the fearful.

The nobility of leadership is taking action for the good of others.


Successful leaders fight through cluttered thinking and excuse-making to find reasonable action.

It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you’re reasonably sure it won’t make things worse.

Some leaders peer into the future and see danger, others see opportunities, but all take action.

4 benefits of action:

  1. Empowerment. The decision to act invites more action. Inaction invites weakness, excuse-making, and blame. Blame is helplessness in disguise. But, one step forward calls for another.
  2. Enlightenment. Real learning begins with action. Wisdom is in feet and hands, not heads and tongues. Talk without action is the self congratulatory illusion of power.
  3. Boldness. One success invites deeper commitment to the next success.
  4. Encouragement. People start saying, “Next time,” after winning the first time.

7 questions that confront paralysis:

#1. What have you done to address this issue?

#2. I hear what we can’t do. What can we do?

Inactive people love explaining what can’t be done. Listen carefully to their reasons/excuses. Don’t fight with them. Lets get all the things we can’t do out of the way. Now, what can we do?

#3. What makes things better?

Inactive people hide behind “perfect” solutions. Nothing’s ever good enough so they sit on their butts complaining.

#4. Who do you want to be in this situation?

#5. What would your best self do?

#6. What happens if we continue on this path?

#7. What happens if we do nothing?

Leaders try things.

Words without action are multipliers:

  1. Fearful words multiply dread.
  2. Hateful words multiply anger.
  3. Problem-centric words – without solutions – multiply weakness.

When action matters most:

If you want to matter, do something where failure matters.

Leaders matter more when failure matters.

Success isn’t success unless failure hurts.

What do you do when you feel paralyzed?

How can leaders help others overcome paralysis?