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Fear of Consequences

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The Answer Is Simple

"Inaction and indecision in the present is because of fear of consequences of the future."

-- L. Ron Hubbard


Because you are afraid of certain consequences, you do not act or do not decide. You are afraid of what might happen. You can see this principle at work with the following exercise.


Five Tips for Conquering Your Fear of Consequences


  1. Write down an opportunity that is available to you right now.
  2. Write down the decision that is difficult to make or the action that is difficult to take.
  3. Write down the consequences you might be afraid of.
  4. Of these consequences, identify your biggest fear or fears.
  5. Take action to resolve this fear or fears.


You can then make the correct decision or take the actions necessary for your success.



Richard has always wanted to be a business owner. His brother Alan calls one day and says, "How would you like to be partners with me on a Crazy Chicken franchise? It's the best fast-food chicken in the world! It'll be worth millions some day. Just give me that $20,000 you have in savings, quit your job and we'll start!"


Richard likes the idea, but feels frozen. "I'll think about it." He then spends 80 stressful hours during the next two weeks trying to decide.


Everyone has an opinion for him and he listens to them all. His wife says, "Do what you think is right." His mother says, "Don't be stupid." His father says, "Go for it!" He still can't decide.

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