The Value of Fear

Some people, like my son, run toward a snake. How do you think he got this great photo?

While you won’t catch me chasing a snake, I’m no longer as fearful for the safety of my son, the herpetologist, because I know he knows what he’s doing. Thanks to his encouragement and expertise, I’m willing to observe these slithering reptiles from a comfortable distance.

How can we learn and grow if we don’t recognize and face our fears? As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Let me tell you, communicating can be quite scary at times.

Have a Difficult Conversation

Stop procrastinating. Set aside a quiet, safe place to have that uncomfortable discussion. Open up about your concerns. Listen carefully, and give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Share a Vulnerable Moment

Discuss your own fears and ways you’re working to overcome them. Show you’re human and you’ll establish common ground and trust. Admit when you’re wrong or need help.

Make a Bold Move

Look your boss, client or prospect in the eye and bravely share your big idea. Don’t let the naysayers tell you it won’t work. Make your case and see what happens.

I invite you to share what you’re going to do today that scares you.

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