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October 2010

Name and Face Your Fears

Fear comes to us in many shapes and sizes. Some manifestations of fear are more obvious, such as the fear of spiders, snakes or public speaking. Yet other forms of fear are more subtle, robbing us of our time and energy unbeknownst to us.  

Leaders are especially vulnerable to the effects of fear because they are on the front lines of the battle of change.

What robs you of your time and energy? What would your life be like if you spent less emotional energy on the things that trouble you? Today you can take a step forward in your effectiveness by identifying those fear factors in your life.  Take a thoughtful look at the following fears and consider what they might look like in your life:

  • Fear of success
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of criticism 
  • Fear of losing security
  • Fear of social rejection
  • Fear of loss
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of being taken advantage of

Which of the above resonates most with you? Design an action step you can take each day for the next week to overcome that fear. Maybe you need to talk to yourself a little differently when you hear doubts surface in your mind.  Maybe you need to act as if you were totally accepted when you realize you are afraid of rejection.

Maybe you just need to look the spider right in its beady little eye and smash it.

Just do something. You will feel empowered when you do.  Then come back and share your success with us!  If you have an idea you'd like to share, leave a comment by clicking on "comments" below.  If you need some help designing action steps to overcome what's holding you back, contact me today.  That's what I do. Either way, I'd love to hear from you!