Fear is a derailer:
When we ask ‘Is fear real power?’, some may respond with a ‘Yes’ because it triggers a response and it drives action. But fear relates more closely to force and to ‘power over others’. Fear relies on position and authority to trigger reactions in others rather than holding space for others to generate creative thought.
Fear is a derailer! Rather than building on the collective strengths of individuals by fostering collaboration, it explodes, divides and destroys. In the David Hawkins’ book ‘Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Behaviour‘, the author outlines the levels of human consciousness on an exponential scale of 0 to 1000. Fear calibrates at a very low level of ‘100’. It is a level of weakness. Fear is below ‘200’, the point where energy transitions from a negative to a positive force.
Moving beyond fear:
The challenge is to learn how to best move beyond fear, regardless of our position. If we are leading change, we are responsible for holding space to grow and boundaries to protect. We are responsible for creating a safe environment where people are not triggered with ‘fear’ and other distressing emotions. If we belong to the community, we have an opportunity to become more self-aware to notice and neutralize our reactions.
We are in a time of intense change and disruption. Fear resonates with people because our environment does not feel safe and the boundaries that protect are no longer clear. We are triggered to react. We have an opportunity to notice and neutralize these reactions using Logosynthesis® as a guided change method to support the work.
Our belief is our perspective based on our experience. It is the frozen energy that is bound in the belief that results in damaging relationships and trust. As we resolve the stuck, habitual, reactive patterns, we are better able to move beyond the level of ‘fear’ to emotions of ‘courage’, ‘willingness’ and ‘acceptance’. It takes dedication from each of us to do our own work first, so that we can create an environment that no longer resonates with ‘fear’ where leaders have ‘power over us’. Together, we can create an environment that supports others, including leaders, to feel safe to resolve their habitual, reactive patterns of behaviour.
By learning how to identify, isolate and neutralize the triggers, we can remain calm and focused in the face of fear. In this manner, we can better embrace challenges to lead change for both health AND productivity.
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