Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Embracing Fear

In our day jobs, very few of us have a clear blueprint of what exactly we have to do every minute of the day. Even manufacturing jobs have gone through a tremendous change over the last few years, as Japanese methouds have pushed more and more decision-making to the shop floor.

There is power in this. Power in being able to say "no," and power in being able to say "yes."

How are you exercising that power? Are you fighting to change? Or are you fighting to stay the same?

If you are fighting to stay the same, to preserve the status quo, your fight is futile. It won't happen. I don't know what will happen, but I do know that it will be different than what is happening now. And those who are rewarded will be the ones who fight through the fear and embrace the unknown.

Fear is something that most of us feel every day. Fear of change. Fear of failure. Fear of being laughed at. Fear of being different.

And fear of standing out. Fear of power. Fear of success. Fear of reaching your potential.

What is your fear telling you? What is it that you are not doing because you are afraid to? And what would happen if you embraced your fear and did it anyway?


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