Is Fear Holding You Back?

The last couple of years I’ve had a fascination with most things aviation. From planes (I jumped out of a plane and would still like to learn how to pilot a plane) to helicopters (RC helicopters and quadcopters), I’m drawn to things that fly.

These inventions that can defy gravity. They can move about in the sky unhindered. It’s absolutely fascinating.

This quadcopter made me fearful

That’s why I purchased a quadcopter I could fly outside. I wanted to take something airborne and fly.

After much research, I chose the DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter. It’s a beauty.

When you fire her up, the sounds of her blades become intimidating. You can literally feel the power you have in your hands.

And yet I’m scared to fly the quadcopter.

The investment was hefty. The controls are easy but you can easily get confused. And when you crash it you feel like you’re toasting tons of cash.

Yeah… That’s right, I crashed the quadcopter. Hard…

Blades were strewn around my yard. The camera and gimbal mount flew off. The body has scratches.

Talk about scary!

With that scare, I haven’t taken her up into the air again. I’m fearful that I may damage it again.

Stupid, huh?

But that’s what fear can do to us. Fear will rob us of the joy we’re experiencing and expecting to experience.

We’ll hold off because something might go wrong. Or we might do something stupid. Or we don’t know if we’ll like what we’re going to try.

This is fear holding us back.

As leaders, we need to learn to overcome the fear we face on a daily basis. If we don’t, we’ll become paralyzed and weak leaders.

Leaders face all kinds of fear:

The fear of rejection

The fear of making the wrong choice

The fear of inaction

The fear of the unknown

The fear of failure

Fear is all around us as we lead.

Every choice we make can lead to fear. Fear likes to tell us we can’t or shouldn’t do things.

But we’re leaders. We must overcome fear as it presents itself to us. And we can overcome fear.

That’s why I’m going out to fly my quadcopter today. I’m sick and tired of letting fear rule my life.

Are you? Are you tired of letting fear control your actions and what you do?

I hope you are. I know you are.

Question: What fear is holding you back right now? What simple step could you take today to face that fear? Let’s talk about it in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Mark Deterding advised me to subscribe to your blog and I know he wouldn’t advise something that wasn’t valuable. I’ve never thought of fear holding me back but instead insecurity. Now that I read your article, I can see that maybe I’ve just misaligned my definition of fear. New perspective to an old issue. Thanks for this.

    • Jane, thanks for stopping by on the recommendation of Mark. Please tell him I said thank you!

  • Great post, Joe!
    I found that I can overcome any fear when I take a time and analyze it. But I have to think about it and determine possibilities that can happen and then I will realize that there is no space for fear.
    That’s why my biggest problem is when I have to be spontaneous, make fast decisions and that thing is social skills.
    I suppose communication is one of the fastest situations in life. And that’s where I am struggling, as I said, I can’t make fast decisions because of the fear. And when I want to approach a stranger or say things I want to say, then it’s hard for me. Timing is important and I don’t have time for overcoming fear in the social communication.
    I am saying that if I could stop time to analyze a fear, then I wouldn’t have any problem with it.
    Do you have some tips, Joseph?

    • I feel you Tony. It’s easy to get stuck in a conversation because you’re trying to analyze what needs to be said next. That’s tough!
      I think one way you can start to overcome this is by practicing with others. Get into large groups and just begin conversations. Let them wander and go where they want. And remember, most people won’t realize if you make a mistake in a conversation. They’re worried about how they sound as well!

  • Pioneer Outfitters

    Yep. Outstanding post. But ya know what? The River is my fear. Fighting the quicksand and icy waters. Bud died and was never found in this river.
    But people are counting on me.
    I am a Professional Guide.
    Great post, I believe I will print this one out and use it to remind me again, come summer.
    Thank you.

    • That sounds scary! I know you will make the needed decisions when the time comes on the river.