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The Thrill Of The Plunge

February 5, 2014 — 28 Comments

During my whitewater rafting trip, I had the opportunity to take a plunge. Literally, off the side of a cliff.

The plunge was scary. The height from which we jumped seemed like it may shatter a bone.

Yet after I jumped off of the ledge, it was thrilling. There was a sense of freedom knowing I was able to plunge 40 feet and come out unscathed.

How similar is this to our leadership journey?

The decision to climb up the cliff was mine. No one forced me or coerced me. I willingly made the journey to a spot I knew would be difficult.

Our path into leadership starts the same way. We make a choice to begin leading. We take the responsibility of leadership and we walk with it.

One of the worst feelings we have is false fear.

We build ourselves into a frenzy of fear by claiming there’s a danger here and there. It’s everywhere to some people.

The fear only takes hold when we place a level of danger to an action.

Man rock climbing

Image By Alex Indingo

Some people fear leaving the house. Having children. Growing old. Being abandoned. Skydiving.

I face some of those fears. And I have others. Like public speaking. It terrifies me.

Why?

Because I’ve associated it with something dangerous. Failing. Stumbling over my words. Looking like a fool.

Yep. To me those are the dangers of public speaking.

But what happens if we took away the sense of danger? The fear begins to subside.

Without danger, the fear has no hold.

The Danger of Rules

July 6, 2012 — 14 Comments

Imagine coming face to face with a rule that could hurt someone. Maybe even leave someone dead. One that makes you ask “Should I break the rules?” Sometimes the rules are dangerous.

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.
— Marilyn Monroe

Lifeguard Shack

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Tomas Lopez faced such a rule earlier this week as a lifeguard in Hallandale, FL.

You’re probably asking what happened. If you want to read the full article, you can view it here.

The Rule Breaker

Tomas was in his lifeguard stand when several beachgoers run to the stand. They’re telling him there’s a man drowning and he needs help.

The problem was this man was in an area outside of the lifeguard zone. The rules state that lifeguards are not to venture away from their zones.