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I want things to change BUT, what if I fail? 

By  Robbie MacCue

We’ve heard many leaders say “I want change BUT…” or “this sounds like a great idea BUT…”. Consider that whatever follows that BUT, is just an excuse or fear holding you back from getting what you really want. The silly thing is that we (you) are the ones putting the concern there. To be clear,  whatever follows the “but” may be a valid concern, however it’s just an issue to handle  rather than a barrier to achieving and taking action towards what you want.

“You don’t know MY situation”

Now you’re going to say, “Well Robbie and Lisa, you just don’t know my situation.” and that’s very true. We don’t know your exact situation, however we have dealt with enough organizations to know that sometimes as a leader or person who strives for change, your fear of failure can hold you back from stepping out and having the miraculous happen within your  organization.

How to Make the Miraculous Happen? Ask: “What do I want more of?

Wait a minute, “having the miraculous happen” you might say? “Are you crazy, I just want people to stop arguing  and do their job,” or I just need people to show up and help out.” While these are fine goals to strive for, consider if that’s ALL you got, would you be really happy? Always ask yourself, “What do I (or we) want more of”, instead of “what do I want to stop”. For example, ask yourself’ “What if our people were fully engaged, giving their best and had each others’ back working towards a common goal.” Now, we are willing to bet, that is something you truly want more of!! ?

Getting back to the fear of failure

arena 310 x 220You may have heard the phrase that “fear” stands for “False Evidence Appearing Real”. Fear of failure is the most common fear that leaders face. It’s not just failing though; its the fear of what others will think or how we’ll look if we fail.

We tend to rationalize, get stuck by our fears or hope that someday circumstances will be better so we are not afraid. We get stuck by our critics or cynics pointing a finger telling us we’re crazy or that our idea will never work.

To learn more about this topic I highly recommend that you watch Brene Brown  give her TED talk. We would encourage you (or plead with you) to watch the full length version.

Here is a short 3 minute clip highlighting her talk about fear and the critics.

The quote Brene outlines about critics and failure by Roosevelt, “Man in the Arena” resonates.  Who cares what others think unless they are in the arena, fighting to make a positive difference in your organization.

daring greatly

Contact Support @ EMSLeadershipAcademy.com for some ideas on how you can easily overcome your fears and implement actions to cause positive lasting change in your organization.

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Robbie MacCue


Robbie is the cofounder of the EMS Leadership Academy, host of the EMS Leadership Summit, and paramedic captain in Albany, NY where he serves in the Special Operations Division for ground rescue, flight, & tactical medicine. He performs international medical flights with North America's largest fixed wing Air Ambulance service. For more than 14 years, Robbie served as President of a non-profit EMS organization advocating for increased funding and raising the bar of excellence. In addition, Robbie is an American Heart Association advocate who is passionate about empowering others to save more lives. He has taught physicians, nurses, and other medical providers Advanced Cardiac Life Support at medical schools and hospitals throughout Manhattan. Robbie has undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University and provides business consulting that combines his love of technology with healthcare.

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