Spencer Johnson, MD, author of Who Moved My Cheese made famous this question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” which is now a staple at Facebook headquarters. Fear can paralyze innovation. So, what would you do if you weren’t afraid this week? Afraid of failure or shame or loss. What would your team members create if they weren’t afraid to be daring and bold with their thoughts and ideas? Here’s some inspiration and information that might help shut off the fear valve this week:
WATCH THIS: In this short video Steve Jobs tells us how learning he had terminal cancer changed his priorities: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of avoiding the trap of thinking that you have something to loose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs
READ THIS: This article about Mind Tornadoes helps you find a few ways to reframe fear. Some of the best were not to believe everything you think and become a practiced observer of your thoughts.
GET IDEAS FROM THIS: This 6 minute TEDTalk with Candy Chang created some great ideas for me and might for you. Could you create a space in your office with intriguing questions for team members to comment on? What type of thoughts might you generate from a question like, “If I could do one thing differently, I would….”
TRY ONE OF THESE: 68 ways to move from fear to action. The list includes things like not giving energy to fear, doing what scares you most, get comfortable being uncomfortable, and do that one thing you resist.
As a leader, you are going to do some scary things. Feeling anxiety, as you move through them, is a normal part of growth. Just because something feels “bad” doesn’t mean it is. Some of the things in my life that felt the best turned out to be some of the worst for me.
Is the fear of something holding you or your team back from reaching your potential?