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Leadership and Courage Part 3
Recently I saw a quote that says “What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” The quote was attributed to Robert Schuller, but I have heard many people say the same thing in slightly different ways. It made me think about the reasons some are reluctant to take a risk—the fear of failure. We don’t want to have to admit failure, or fix the problem(s) the failure produces, or start over with another solution. There are, however, other reasons people are risk-averse, and one of those is fear of success. What if I am wildly successful, and my life, my organization, my department will never be the same? I believe that this fear of success is really a fear of change, and as we all know, change is one of the things we fear most. We tend to get comfortable and don’t want to put in the effort, time and mental energy that change requires, even if the result is going to make our life/work/situation better.
We talk about building up “change muscles” so that when the change comes we are ready to deal with it. I believe that we should also be constantly building up our “courage muscles” by exercising them whenever the need arises. That way, we are ready for whatever comes our way.