What are your biggest fears?
By Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO, International Centre for Conscious Leadership
In our society that often values the superficial over the authentic, we don’t often share our fears with friends, family, and colleagues.
In this era of rock star CEO’s and bigger than life leaders, there seems to be little room for leaders to be authentic and vulnerable as everyone is supposed to be strong and powerful.
The fact is that we all have fears and most of them originate from our parental and societal programming. Most have been implanted in us between 0 and 6 years old.
According to the psychologist Carl Jung, there are three types of fears that our ego faces that prevent us from transforming.
The first type of fear is the fear that we do not have enough money, security, safety to satisfy our physical need for survival.
The second type of fear is the fear that we do not have enough love, friendships, relationships to satisfy our need for belonging.
The third type of fear is the feat that we are not good, worthy or perfect enough to satisfy our need for self-worth.
The challenge with our fears is that they are in our sub-conscious and they drive a lot of our decisions and actions every day until we shine a light on them so we can heal them.
When subconscious fears drive our motivations, we react emotionally to situations rather than give a considered response.
We can transform our life and our leadership when we learn to manage the fears of our ego which opens the possibility of living according to our values.
Carl Jung said that transformation is putting what is in our sub-conscious into our consciousness so we can address it.
Facing our fears is not always an easy process as it is not something we have learned in school or in the corporate training we have done. I have been doing this myself for more than 15 years now as part of my own transformation process.
Fearlessness is not the absence of fears. It is about having the courage to face our fears and making a conscious choice to step through them with an open heart. — Chogyam Trungpa
As a catalyst for the transformation of leaders and the elevation of consciousness in organizations, I have become effective at holding space for leaders to face their fears so they can overcome them and rise in consciousness.
In my workshops, leaders are often surprised when they share their fears with others that most of them have similar fears. It is quite normal as these fears are the result of living a human life.
What is your biggest fear?
As you willing to face it so you can overcome it and rise to your full potential?
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