“Have you ever noticed that the implications of your inaction on the small things that don’t matter are usually even more profound complications with the bigger things that really matter?” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
Ignore the small stuff and it becomes pretty big and unmanageable pretty fast! And yet it is always too easy to ignore the things that matter and settle into a state of inaction.
But know this fact – inaction is a drug that usually fuels failure!
So maybe you should sweat the small stuff!
Today starts the wrap-up of a leadership series that I’ve been running through the month – “Insight 2020: Leadership Insight for the Era of Acceleration.” You can catch up on all 20 posts at https://insight2020.jimcarroll.com
Today’s theme was built around the phrase ’Study the Implications.” That’s a great word when it comes to issues of leadership & personal growth.
From a business perspective, inaction on any particular trend can lead to some pretty profound & even bigger implications. Inaction carries major costs for corporate growth.
But from a personal perspective inaction is equally destructive. You might make a decision to avoid something out of fear, only to discover that your avoidance has led to even bigger challenges. Or maybe a choice you make to ignore some small warning sign results in a later discovery that it wasn’t really small after all. Sometimes you might make the assumption that a small decision to do something ‘just once’, leads to a reality that it becomes an extreme, repetitive and destructive behaviour.
Decisions carry consequences – a lack of decisions usually carry even bigger consequences!
That’s why, if you study successful people, you learn one key thing : not only are they relentlessly focused on their goals, they are also firmly committed to action. They abhor indecisiveness – they hate knowing that the consequences of not continually moving forward might be even bigger than then they are prepared to deal with.
So, carry this word around with you in your kitbag each and every day: “Implications carry consequences!”