I recently went to lunch with some coworkers, and while we were eating an elderly woman fell and hit her head. An instant after it happened, two of my coworkers rushed to her side and were helping her up. They sat and talked with her till the ambulance came. None of the other perhaps 30 people nearby moved an inch. Including me.
I could give the excuse that I was on the inside of a booth and couldn’t easily get out, or that I don’t know anything about first aide or talking to people (sure I could lie to myself too, but that won’t work seeing that I’ve tried.) But that, or something similar, is probably what everyone else in the restaurant was thinking. There are always plenty of reasons not to take action.
You should take for granted that no one else is going to act–not the reverse. Because that’s how people are. Someone else will do it, we think. Someone else is more qualified. Someone else will do a better job. Change these automatic thoughts, and replace them with responsibility. It’s up to you to do what needs to be done.
So do it!