Transforming Fear Into Courage
We are indeed, in a time of great transition. This transition is often unsettling and disarming. But as I have stated over the past several weeks this is also a time of great opportunity. All you have to do is use the Law of Polarity to find it. One never questions that on the other side of night is day or that if something is hot it can also be made cold. The law of polarity is “the equal opposite”.
This period of opportunity is the potential for newness, creativity and innovation. Often times we hear people saying “necessity is the mother of invention” – and that could not be more true today! However, it’s important to have all the oars in the water and each person in the boat rowing with you to facilitate “innovation” within your business.
But what happens when you are met with fear and doubt? You have this great idea and solution but the group around you (and that can even include family and friends) thinks you’re absolutely nuts and have gone off the deep end. What’s happening?! It’s a brilliant solution! It’s cutting edge marketing or technology! Why the resistance? They are afraid, plain and simple. They are paralyzed with fear because it means abandoning what they know for something unknown.
The breaking point for any significant change is courage. In this energy space you have the willingness to embrace change and face challenges. You are able to literally see the opportunities in front of you and identify growth areas. It requires the ability to feel the fear in yourself and in others but continue to move forward none-the-less.
Allow those fears to surface and observe them as if you were sitting in a movie theatre watching the latest action or dramatic flick. Ask yourself what’s really going on here? Is the consequence of the fear greater than the desire to move forward? Remember, this stage of courage that you are working within takes faith. And at times it can be a very lonely place to be. But you must continue to evaluate if the desire is greater than the risk. If that desire is not greater then you will not move forward. In this place of courage, you suspend your disbelief. Often times it is a giant leap of faith and will require a measure of patience.
This shift to change and courageousness must start with YOU before you can get anyone else in the boat with you. And, by the way, you will most likely need to start paddling with or without others. It doesn’t matter, just get in the boat yourself and start MOVING.
Hold steady. Yes, it is a challenging time. On the other side there are great rewards for those who walk through the fear and create something new and innovative out there in the world. We are ALL being called to do this. You are not alone. Think outside of the box and stop modeling other people! Their “model” is also in need of upgrade, repair and innovation.
Maria Gamb is the founder of MariaGamb.com and NMS Communications LLC. She is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who brings her 20+ years experience as a former Fortune 500 Diva and now entrepreneur to the table. Maria’s mission is to help women unlock their own personal leadership style and create businesses that make an impact on the world around them. After all, we’re women, not men in skirts. Our leadership style is uniquely our own and it’s powerful. Visit Maria on the web at www.mariagamb.com Sign up for the free ezine [Change Agent] and receive your free special report “The 7 Keys to Transform Your Business & Bottom Line”.