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Almost anything taken to an extreme is bad. Barry Goldwater proclaimed something like “extremism in the defense of liberty is no sin,” and proceeded to get trounced in the presidential election. It’s one thing to influence, another to proselytize.

Similarly, self-awareness is vital, but obsessive introspection is harmful. Understand what you do and the ramifications of your actions (or inaction), but don’t try to go back to the womb to figure out why you act the way you do. Make the necessary changes and move on.

If you ask yourself why you’re indecisive while standing at the bottom of an escalator, the only thing you’ll discover is what it’s like to be crushed.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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