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I’ve been doing a lot of facing fear lately. You know the kind: the fear that lurks deep down inside and rears its ugly head when you finally muster the courage to do the thing that your heart truly desires-- but you’ve been afraid to do.
For years I’ve read peoples’ stories about facing their fear so they could finally do what they were put on this planet to do. I’ve spent time running in any direction that I could to get away from that deep fear within. My favorite running away activities included eating, shopping, email, social media, movies, etc. There’s always something more to do, right?
Who pays the price for your fear?
This morning I was at the Signature Connections event in Golden Valley. The speaker was Dave Cornell, Chief Courage Cultivator from Cultivate Courage. He made a presentation on fear.
At one point, Dave looked at the audience and asked: Who pays the price for your fear? Wow! That question packed a punch. I envisioned the people closest to me--my friends, family and my clients. It didn’t take long to think of situations in which my fear had impacted those I care about. Ouch!
It's raining right now as I sit down to write. I love summer rains. They make me want to curl up with my Grandma's quilt, get a good book and sit in front of the fire.
Rain washes everything clean whether it needs it or not. The sidewalk chalk drawings my daughter and her friends made on the pavement in front of my garage are gone now. The leaves on the trees and shrubs look greener somehow and the new plantings are a little lopsided from the weight of the rain drops on their leaves. The tilled soil darker than it was this morning.
There's the feeling of a fresh start.
As a leader, how do you get a fresh start? It's automatic when you take a new job, get a promotion, move to a new home, get married, graduate. There's usually some sense of excitement about new possibilities that comes with the new reality you created.
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