“What are you afraid of?”
You have been asked that question many times in your life.
Others have asked you that question. However, how many times have
you asked yourself that question?
Most fears are a fear of “losing.” Losing creates
circumstances that create consequences. Consequences are created by
your reactions and decisions. Let’s take a closer look.
The fear of making a mistake is the most common fear. Do
you fear making the decision or the consequences? There are
personal consequences such as losing your relationship to a loved
one, friend, or associate. You may fear losing a game, or your job,
or your reputation, or your status. You may fear losing an
opportunity or a lot of money. Plus, your decision may negatively
You may fear the consequences of disease or illness. Or,
you may fear the effects of an accident or catastrophe. You
may fear death or pain. You may fear personal injury. Fear may
seize you about certain insects, animals, or images. Or, you may
fear what can happen in the dark.
Most fear is a caused by focusing on what you will lose.
Conversely, most fear can be overcome by focusing on what you
and/or others stand to gain. Almost always, opportunity comes to us
disguised as a problem. We can fear the problem, allowing it to
control us. Or, we can accept what we cannot change, and work
toward a solution. The solutions help us grow in knowledge and
skill. A catastrophe moves us to plan on how to prevent it from
reoccurring or mitigating its effects in the future. A death or
illness is a time to reflect on how short life is and how you must
make a difference in the lives of others. A loss of a job, wealth,
or status requires that we search for a more beneficial direction
in our life.
Understand, that fear of loss is usually caused by
decisions, circumstances, or unforeseen events. By changing our
focus, decisions, and actions to make the best of any consequences,
we change our focus from “loss” to what we can gain by producing
more positive outcomes. Concentrating on those positives will
change your fear of loss into better results for yourself and
Now, ask yourself: “What are you afraid of?”
And that is today’s Morning Minute.
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“Break it down into small pieces.”
“Where have I heard that before? Is this about some
Please allow me to explain.
In grammar school we were taught how to form a proper
sentence. We learned how to structure and write a paragraph, with
one thought, a beginning and an end. On the playground, we learned
how to win by assigning each player a role and how each contributed
to scoring and winning.
During my high school years, we were taught composition,
how to take a main theme, look at it from several different points
of view, and write our theme papers. In band we learned strict team
work. There were the brass, percussion, reed, and wind sections.
Each section had various instruments. Each instrument group has
1–4 parts. In a band of 150 players, each player had their
part in order to produce the sound that was required to create a
great performance. On the debate team, we were required to present
either for or against a certain theme. To win, each team member had
to present a certain part of the argument.
In college, we were challenged to research subjects
looking at broad areas made up of specific factors. This was true
in every subject. After doing the research, we were tasked
with providing conclusions, and/or recommendations at the end. This
was true in economics, management, advanced math, chemistry,
history, and literature.
In various roles in the business world, as well as both
service and occupational organizations, it was necessary to produce
proformas, business plans, revenue estimates, and inventory
reports. Whether leading a group of restaurants or an auto
dealership with multiple franchises, it occurred to me I had been
trained from early in life how breaking down large issues into
“small pieces” creates a format for success.
As you instruct your children or grandchildren, your
students or team members, the seasoned pros or the “green pea” new
hires, family members or volunteers, remember to share with them
how to “break it down into small pieces” so they will grasp
the who, what, when, where, why, and how that leads to
And, that is today’s Morning Minute.
Larry Bonorato is author of WORK WITH ME
NOT FOR ME, your “no nonsense” guide to developing exceptional
leadership skills, team-building, and much more. This book is
available in audiobook, e-book, paperback, and hard
“The devil is in the details.”
That quote from years ago kept flashing through my mind
this week. It was with me when my alarm went off each morning until
finally falling asleep at night.
Then, while viewing a press conference given by the
Florida Governor concerning Hurricane Ian, the truth in that quote
flashed again like bright neon light. In the undertaking required
to prepare his state for the most massive natural disaster in
Florida history, the Governor understood that literally thousands
of details must be handled. No one person could possibly do it all.
These details required a team of competent professionals managing
the many components of this impending disaster. And, he was the
person assigned to coordinate those efforts.
Most of us juggle work, family, schools, meals, shopping,
cleaning, money, and the many details of everyday life. Handling
those details can be overwhelming at times. Imagine the awesome
responsibilities required to meet the challenge of saving lives and
property, plus, recovering from a massive natural disaster that you
are powerless to delay or avoid. Every mistake could cost hundreds
This required coordinating the efforts of numerous
government agencies and businesses, setting in place the timelines
and processes for reducing loss of life and property, while moving
people to safer locations. After the storm, rescues would be
required, damage estimates made, services restored, and
infrastructure repaired. And, while all this is occurring, he must
communicate effectively with Floridians plus all the people
involved in these details before, during, and after the storm.
Yes, the devil is in the details…every single detail for
every aspect of life; both ours and the people we are responsible
for. The governor of Florida set a sterling example of how
organizing a team of competent people and coordinating their
efforts can lead to achieving difficult goals even in the worst of
I thank God that He provided us with a leader of sterling
character and tremendous ability, to lead these safety, rescue, and
recovery details during this natural disaster. May God continue to
be with Ron and the citizens of Florida as they put their lives and
their state back together.
And that is today’s morning minute.
Larry Bonorato is a coach, speaker, and
author of WORK
WITH ME NOT FOR ME, your “no nonsense” guide to
developing exceptional leadership skills, team-building, and much
more. This book is available on Amazon in audiobook, e-book,
paperback, and hard cover. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B5NYR5PW