1. Continue to seek beyond the surface of my own fear by asking a simple question, “What lies do I tell myself to keep environments (MBA) safe?” There is no better exercise for your (MBA) than watching M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological metaphor in The Village and ask yourself this question: “who lives in the forest?” – Watch it and get back to me.
2. In the book, Son Rise, Barry Kaufman describes how he and his wife affected their apparently hopeless autistic little boy. “They began their cure, by making a point, for hours at a time, imitating everything he did. This was the door or path by which they led him or persuaded him to come back into the everyday world.” How Children Learn, Holt. This leads me to ask how well am I connected to those I want to lead?
3. Recently my wife told my daughter Grace, “It’s ok to make a mistake – that is how we learn.” Surprised, Grace said, “it is?” We cannot motivate others out of their fears. We can only provide a safe place for them to develop. I need this reminder, more importantly; I need to provide it to those around me.
4. We all have the fear the failure. I’m convinced those who have the ability to identify and manage their fear of failure have the greatest chance to successes in their MBA. There is no better description than Michael Jordan’s poster … “I’ve missed 10 thousand shots……that is why I succeed.”
5. If you have ever taught someone to swim you would think correct kicking or dog padding would be the first lesson. Actually, learning “to float” is the essence of swimming and most who do swim never learn to truly float. If those around me are comfortable enough “to float” their development will flourish. Therefore, where am I not creating a safe place for people around me?
See Frozen in Fear (2min) which sums up how powerful it can be when we “identify our fears.”