When I started my career I used to worry about a lot of things. Sometimes the level of worry stopped me from getting my work done. At other times I moved so slowly that when I finally did make a decision it was so agonizingly late that it didn't impact the situation at all.
Worry is not only over rated...it is completely useless.
I Used to Worry About
1) Looking bad in front of my colleagues
But I don't care anymore because now I focus on doing the right thing regardless of what they think.
2) Confronting my colleagues because they may not "like me"
But I don't care anymore, because it actually hurts them and my organization when accountability becomes optional.
3) Adopting "best practices"
But I don't care anymore, because someone else's best practice has little or nothing to do with my corporate culture, team, technology, or values.
4) Taking risks
But I don't care anymore, because I learned that taking risks is the only way to achieve breakthrough performance.
How About You
Do you play it safe and benchmark your work to justify every move you make? How's that working out for you?
Maybe it's time you stopped caring too? You may just make the biggest impact of your career.
I'd love to hear from you.