Advancing the plot of life requires action. Success is not inevitable. Neither is failure. Every action has a result, and fearing that result is paralyzing.
Fear is a powerful fundamental force. It has served humankind well, though it must be in balance with advancing one’s life.
Much like asking a lady (or a gent, if you are a lady) to dance, facing scary situations is far better than allowing paralysis to take over. After all, the worst that can happen is a learning experience (assuming “the worst” has nothing to do with death or dismemberment).
“Paralysis is the enemy”. It is far more dangerous than fear. http://t.co/xni0vlxoR2
— R.G. Graham (@rggraham) April 21, 2014
New York’s police department could have been paralyzed and never started the “#myNYPD” campaign to begin with. It could have axed the whole thing after negative photos streamed in. It could have run away and never asked for a dance with fear.
The campaign started and continued anyway. I have no doubt someone in the campaign creation process realized that negative photos are within the realm of possibility, yet that did not stop the department from taking a leap of faith. It took its best shot at advancing its plot, and might even learn from the experience.
— R.G. Graham (@rggraham) April 24, 2014
Over to you…
Have you faced down paralyzing fear and emerged victorious? I’d love to read a story about it: Leave it in a comment.