Sunday Roundup – April 27, 2014

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.

“How do I get rid of the fear?”

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).

NYPD Twitter campaign hijacked with photos of police brutality

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.

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.