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Confront the fear of moving too fast

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You charge through busy days, weeks and months, tackling one big project after another. But what about the important things you never get around to? The big ones you keep setting aside?

It could be that they’re not all that important. But psychologist Kenneth C. Ruge says some of them might be the most important priorities in your life: the ones that can move you ahead fastest in your life and career.

We often postpone critical activities that:

1. Challenge us to become more significant. (“I’m not ready to lead a whole division!”)

2. Expand our vision of ourselves. (“I didn’t go to an Ivy League school like the boss did.”)

3. Make us face questions we thought would come later. (“I knew I’d have to add financial skills before I could move to the next tier. But please, not now!”)

4. Make us anxious about possible mistakes. (“I’ll only do something stupid.”)

Because all leaders confront such demons more than once, it’s vital to stand up to your fears and move ahead anyway by taking calculated risks.

— Adapted from Where Do I Go from Here?, Kenneth C. Ruge, McGraw-Hill.

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