Face everything and rise

Man rides a bull at a rodeo

They say the word ‘fear’ can stand for two things: “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise”.

Inner Leadership enables us to do the second of these.

Chapter 3 teaches us to see challenges as opportunities. It reminds us that dressing ourselves was once a challenge, but we overcame it; driving a car was once a challenge but we overcame it; our first day on our first job was once a challenge but we overcame it. A challenge is just a name for a situation that we haven’t learned to handle yet. And with the right skills, even rescuing people from burning buildings, or riding a bucking bull, can become routine. The danger might be real but fear can become a choice.

As my children wisely told me, fear also stands for “False Evidence Appearing Real”.

Chapter 1 of Inner Leadership shows us how to reconnect with our best selves. Chapters 2 and 3 show us how to find the alternative ways forward. Chapter 4 shows us how to choose the option that is right for us now. And Chapter 6 shows us how to inspire ourselves, and other people, to make that choice happen.

What we call a “challenge” is actually an opportunity to learn something new. What we call fear is actually an opportunity to Face Everything and Rise. The tools of Inner Leadership enable you to do that in a way that is right for you today.

When was the last time you felt afraid? Did you have the tools to quickly centre and ground, reconnect with your best qualities, find the opportunities, then face everything and rise? Would you like to improve these skills?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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2 Replies to “Face everything and rise”

  1. Recently, I’ve found a key that is helping me disempower fear in my life. It is “FAITH over fear”. Using it, I have been astonished to learn in how many different aspects of my day anxieties, anger and other forms of fear, which I was quite unconscious of, were dominating my reactions. “Faith over fear” has been like a strong hose, cleansing away those obsolete and unhelpful demon habits and assumptions, leaving me free to find ways of behaving that are in my own best interest and that of those who inhabit my circle of influence.

    I found this mantra falling into my mind from above, perhaps as an outcome of my ongoing Lectio Divina in Ephesians.

    I hope this will be helpful to some others here.

    • Thanks George.
      I agree we can all have unconscious reactions. And while faith can be useful in overcoming fear I am also aware that ‘blind faith’ can lead us into danger.
      So, rather than building faith in some external force, ‘Inner Leadership’ prefers to build our faith in ourselves.
      You might find the tools of Chapter 2 useful for becoming more aware of your unconscious reactions, finding alternative interpretations, and then, as you say, choosing the best action. Hopefully this would be a way to increase your faith in yourself while at the same time holding on to whatever other source(s) of faith you have.
      Glad you are finding Inner Leadership helpful 🙂

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