Jogging out to the sidewalk this morning at 6 a.m, a woman that must have been close to 8 months pregnant jogged past me, with a stroller, and a dog.  She’s my new hero, and I was reminded how many excuses I sometimes make so I don’t have to tackle the hard, important things.

Just a half hour earlier, I was begrudgingly dragging myself out of bed, knowing that I “need” to run, but thinking up reasons why an extra hour of sleep would be “better for me.”  I worked late, and my bed was unbelievably comfortable.  Recognizing that I was telling myself lies, I finally got up, stumbled around while I got my running clothes on, and headed out the door for my run.

The excuses most of us make for not taking action revolve around fear: fear of failure, fear of change, fear of commitment, fear of rejection.  Even laziness is form of fear, the fear of success (with every success, the stakes go up, as does the bar).

Kyle Maynard, a man with no arms or legs, climbs mountains! In his book, “No Excuses“, he talks about what it was like to grow up with no limbs, but never letting that stop him from becoming a competitive high school wrestler.

Dale Carnegie said, “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”

As leaders, we’re not expected to be fearless.  But we are expected to go toe-to-toe with our fears and duke it out until we win.  That is what inspires others to follow.

Download Dale Carnegie’s latest white paper on “Recognizing Leadership Blind Spots.”

Watch the story of Kyle Maynard’s climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Posted by Ryan M. Akins

Investor, Entrepreneur, Listener and Learner. Ryan currently serves as Regional President of Dale Carnegie for the North Texas region. He graduated from The Dale Carnegie Course in 2011.

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