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Is Fear Holding You Back?

January 28, 2015 — 3 Comments

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.

How To Conquer A Fear

December 26, 2014 — 11 Comments

Fear is a killer of dreams. We will see something that scares us and we’ll turn tail and run or fight.

Psychologists call this the fight or flight mentality. We have an innate desire to get away from scary things.

Fear confines you, conquer your fear

Image by Laura Lewis

And yet we all want to get over our fears. We want to know that we’re not ruled by the things that scare us.

But it’s so hard to conquer our fears. Fear tells us we’re not going to make it. Fear tells us we’re going to fail. Fear tells us we’re not good enough.

I’m hear to tell you that fear is a liar. Fear can, and must, be conquered.

My Fear

Let me be transparent for a moment. I have fear. Many fears in fact.

One of my biggest fears has been public speaking and creating videos to help others.

How To Overcome Your Doubts

December 19, 2014 — 9 Comments

I want to be honest with you. I’ve written frequently on fitness and how leaders should be focused on being fit.

This is something I’ve been utterly horrible at the past year. My running has been infrequent at best. My bathroom exercises pretty much stopped. My motivation was gone.

We doubt our strength when we should embrace it

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The more I thought about my failure to run and exercise, the more down on myself I felt. Then, when I’d get back in the game and actually run, I’d begin to feel doubt creep in.

My mind would tell me things like:

You’ll never run as fast as you used to run.

You’ve taken too much time off. It’s better to give up now.

No one cares if you’re out of shape. By the way, isn’t round a shape?

Leaders are called to be many things. Leaders need to be brave. Leaders need to be honest. Leaders need to be innovative.

But one thing leaders cannot do is to let fear rule their decisions.

When fearful leaders rule, bad things begin to happen.

I’ve been trying to catch up on the TV series 24 with Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. He’s one bad dude you don’t want to mess with.

In 24, you rarely see him come across as fearful. The further I’ve watched 24 (I’m on season 5 or 6 right now), the more clear it’s become about the role fear should play in leadership.

You’ll see multiple presidents come and go on the show. Currently, there’s President Logan running the nation.

He’s a man who’s ruled by fear. President Logan fears:

Making a bad choice

There’s a video circulating around the internet from a Michael Buble concert. During the concert, a woman approached the stage to talk to Michael Buble.

Leadership lessons from Michael Buble

Image by Eva Rinaldi

Because of the conversation, a very awesome thing took place. Watch the video below and then keep reading to see what Michael Buble taught me about leadership.

Alright, you’ve now seen what Michael Buble did during one of his concerts. That’s pretty awesome and I know there’s leadership lessons we can take away from this episode.

Here’s what I learned from this concert footage:

Don’t be afraid to approach the superstars: Michael Buble is a huge name in the music industry. Many people would be afraid to approach and engage him in conversation. Especially during a concert.

This mother wasn’t and she did what others wouldn’t do.