Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear (Part 2)
Since the Leader’s call this morning I have been thinking about overcoming “Fear”. Michael on the call asked people to divide a paper into two halves vertically and head the columns formed Fear on the left and danger on the right. Examples of both were then derived from the experiences of the Call Participants. Criticism and ridicule were high on the list of fears, in my case I would add loneliness, whilst in the case of dangers, driving along a mountain road with no safety rails close to the edge of a precipice.
In both the columns there is an element of “challenge”, which can be overcome by trusting in finding the plan and action which will defeat the fear or danger. In my life for many years I had a fear of talking to people on-on-one, the fears I could be criticised and ridiculed, the danger I could end up being physically abused. The challenge to just talk to people and trust that provided I was truthfully, calm and not abusive to them, they would listen, accept what I was telling them and their make their decision and move on. This plan and action allowed me to overcome my fear of talking to people.
A further example was during the construction of the Machine Hall associated with a hydroelectric scheme where it was some 750 feet below ground and access being via a vertical shaft. Since inspections needed to be carried out we used the only means of access, a bucket suspended on a crane and lowered down to shaft. We trusted in the strength of the bucket support rope, the ability of the crane operator to lower the bucket unseen and deliver us safely and gentle at the bottom.
Thank you Michael and Linda for the insight into forming this group and Leadership calls which teach us ‘How to think’ and not as previously ‘what to think’.
Canberra, ACT, Australia.