Our primal fears are innate, refined by our experiences for ultimate survival. This set of fears has to be faced head-on to move forward otherwise energy will be expended like a tire spinning in mud. Learn how to yield to opportunity through Presence, so to give your focus to extracting thornier but more manageable sets of fears: those borne from leadership.
In a community of leaders concentrated on improving the world through daring ventures, the following are the fears most frequently expressed.
Fear of failure: inadequacy; still taking charge and as a result making mistakes that have major consequences. Failure is what the strongest, most intelligent and most confident leaders fear. Whether starting a new project or succeeding in the current one, the difficulty lies in escaping from the gnawing sense of failure. Being afraid to fail will lead you to tell people that you don’t expect to succeed. To lower expectations destroys imagination.
Fear of being abandoned: the fear of becoming isolated, being pushed out of the team or organization. A branch of this fear is this is the fear of not being popular and being rejected, the latter becoming crippling for some. If untreated, fear of rejection worsens over time and gradually takes over every part of life. You fear people losing interest in you and disappointing those whose opinion you value.
Fear of criticism: this particular type of fear focuses on what other people think about you and hinders you from pursuing the future you desire. Being afraid of others telling you what you cannot or should not do, and what you cannot accomplish, will quietly and quickly fester if left untreated.
Fear of being an impostor: the fear of claiming a leadership role and others finding out that you were not born, trained, or qualified for it. Not everyone can function on the “fake it till you make it” theory.
Fear of making a mistake. When we become afraid to move forward, and are afraid to make mistakes along the way, we miss many great opportunities.