Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous. Have faith. Trust. We hear it all the time. Very seldom, if ever, do we talk about HOW.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been deeply fascinated with these concepts. Being brave was always a big deal to me. Constantly hanging out with older brothers and male cousins, often times the youngest in the group, I never wanted to be left behind which typically pushed me beyond my comfort level on dirt bikes, snowmobiles, or whatever sports field we happened to be playing on.
We tell our children: Dream big – Be UNSTOPPABLE!
To young adults graduating: You can do anything you DESIRE!
And to entrepreneurs and leaders scaling our growth, business and impact: Be bold. Be brave. Think big. You’ve got this!
What we don’t speak about often enough is exactly what this looks and feels like: On the Dance Floor with Fear.
In order to constantly and consistently build your faith in all that is possible, stepping into your fullest capacity as a leader and your ultimate potential for this lifetime, you must learn to perform and perform well in the presence of fear. HOW? See below.
“The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.” – Cus D’Amato
Stepping into all of who we are, why we’re here, and what we’re here to do puts you in the middle of the dance floor with fear. Meet your new dance partner.
How to BE on the Dance Floor with Fear:
- Presence. Think Dancing With the Stars. Be there fully. On the floor. All of you. 100% present and aware. Bring ALL of you to the floor. Acknowledge your partner and show ’em your moves. Moving intentionally creates the energy and flow needed to move beyond fear.
- Practice. Create your Be Bold practice. It may (and should) include a physical activity that cultivates the feeling of strength, morning routines to stay grounded, and quality connections that contribute to a sense of community and support.
- Preparation. Preparation builds confidence. Hit the dance floor prepared. Know your steps. A well-prepared routine allows you to dance in the face of fear.
Dance! Don’t let fear stop you in your tracks. Keep moving – simplify, steady steps – keep moving.
The next time you are considering your own growth and accepting the call of all that is possible, remember: Fear, it’s what you do with it that matters.”
Charlene SanJenko, Advancing Leaders Down the Field with Whole Teams & Diverse Players in Corporate Canada and Beyond.by