Leadership Lessons: The Upside of Fear
All the leadership development programs in the world can’t stop the cold, sharp pangs of fear from entering your life. The nightly news is filled with devastation and calls for help across the globe.
And then it is time for some shut eye. As you prepare to fall asleep you hear the wind whipping up the trees outside. Wait, is it the trees or is some psychopathic killer ready to enter your home and attack? You get up to check. All is quiet, family sleeping soundly. You go back to bed still alert; just in case. You lie there wishing you had paid more attention in your karate class.
Then your mind goes to the gas pump. Not time for a new car, yet maybe having a way to get 40 mpg would be a good idea. They say, you hear in your head, they say gas will go over the $5 dollar mark pretty soon.
Now you lie there even more wide awake. You know it is the tree branches’ making the clatter, yet the noise in your head becomes deafening. What if you can’t get more inventory? What if you can’t meet payroll? What if your best customer decided to call it quits?
Fear is a natural part of who we are. It is encoded, given from one generation to the next, the fight, flight or freeze mentality has helped us survive for eons of time.
There is no magic formula for pushing fear out of your life. You are not from the planet of Spock, you are here, humanoid, and you will feel fear. So, while you can’t ban it from your life (that’s just baloney motivational talk) you can, yes you can, manage it.Continued on the next page