Face everything and rise

They say the word ‘fear’ can stand for two things: “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise”.

Inner Leadership provides a step by step guide to doing the second of these. This makes us antifragile.

  • Chapter 1 shows us how to centre and ground, remain calm in a crisis, and connect strongly with our best version of ourselves
  • Fear can also stand for “False Evidence Appearing Real” so Chapter 2 shows us how to check the evidence and make clear sense of the situation
  • Chapters 3 and 4 show us how to find the opportunities in a crisis and then choose the one that is best for us
  • And Chapter 6 shows us how to articulate that vision in a way that inspires us and other people to long to make it happen

If we look back through our life it is probably filled with times when we felt afraid: our first day at school, our first driving lesson, our first date, our first job, and so on.

Each time we moved past our fears we learned and we grew. And with the right skills, even what scares us most can become routine — even riding a bull in a rodeo.

So we when know that a ‘crisis’ is really an opportunity, and that our purpose and values are a recipe for becoming fully who we truly are, then we learn that what we call ‘fear’ is actually an opportunity to Face Everything And Rise.

When did you last feel fear? Would you like to learn the skills to move past that fear and do it anyway?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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