There’s a sure-fire way to avoid ever annoying anyone:

Do Nothing

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Never do anything of any consequence.

If you do things that you believe are important, eventually someone will disagree with something you did. As my grandfather used to say: “if you’re gonna run trains, you’re gonna have wrecks.” And as my brother-in-law said once: “if you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not trying hard enough.”

When you see a problem and know it’s time to step up, but are not sure about making the right decision, you probably feel anxious, trapped, and self-doubting. After taking action you may still have the anxiety and self-doubt, but less of the trapped feeling; plus a pretty good hunch that, even if there is fallout, the situation will shake itself out in time.

Choosing the least-bad of several alternative actions and dealing with the consequences (including the stress from having to make a choice) is a learning experience. There are times we don’t take action because we perceive it as too difficult, so we wait for an easier answer. As Al Pacino says in the movie “Scent of a Woman,” the right thing to do is the hard thing to do.

To quote Davy Crockett, King Of the Wild Frontier: “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”  If you know you did the right thing, then hold your head up high and don’t look back. Time will work in your favor.

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