Fear cripples creativity, leadership and passion. It keeps us from experiencing a life of joy, peace, and purpose. Fear is the enemy of hope, faith, and greatness. This month’s True Life Coaching newsletter addressed this issue head on and I wanted to share a piece of the story with you below and if you want the whole story simply subscribe here.
My seven-year-old nephew is such an excellent swimmer I encouraged him to join the summer swim team. Actually, I had to talk him into it. Ronnie cowers at the thought of trying something new. When he finally agreed, I naively thought we had won the battle. That was until he freaked out when the first day of practice arrived.
Thankfully Ronnie was coachable (start early!), and he let me walk him through four steps to conquering fear.
With as much courage as he could muster, he finally agreed to go and “try it” once. Well, bless his heart, after his first practice he called and actually said, “Auntie, thank you for the advice, it worked! I loved it!” (And who doesn’t like to be thanked for their advice by a seven-year-old!)
It’s been fewer than three weeks now and he is the best swimmer in his age bracket. He’s doing things he never dreamed he could do. For example, last night he swam 26 lengths of the pool at his first swim-a-thon. Auntie now owes a lot of money!
All of us struggle with fears and insecurities. Even we leaders. Being that so many fears take root during our childhood, I thought I’d share Ronnie’s experience in the next blog post, and let you see what you can glean from it.