Holding Back The Flood of Fear

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“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

–     The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)

It’s probably the most cited concept in The Daily Difference.  Change will only occur when the fear of change is overcome by the pain of remaining the same. (Dr. Tom Graff)

Monday of this week is a day set aside to honor Dr. King.  A theologian by training, King spoke often about fear and pain, about change and hope.  All are topics worthy of our attention, and all of them are worth committing energy and concerted effort, as well.

If fear is the flood, and the analogy works on so many levels — a flood can start as a trickle and then relentlessly rise until it swamps everything around us — it is, ultimately, a decision we make, at least in business.  We acknowledge the challenges and have to decide if we’re going to be afraid and defensive, or whether we’re going to build something that holds back the flood.  Courage is what makes us build the dike, and hope is what sees us through the construction.  It’s a conscious process that moves us away from the paralysis of fear and uncertainty.  It’s a concrete attempt to create a better outcome.

What is it that we’re afraid of today?  What is the tomorrow to which we aspire, and what is keeping us from building it?  Spending time on these questions and their answers will help us build difference-making plans and will spread our influence to those around us that refuse to be overtaken by the waters.

 


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