Fear will always conspire to keep us from taking action in our lives. Rather than trying to name the fear and understand what’s driving it, our minds have an uncanny way of calling it something else in our attempt to minimize or dismiss it. Fear of failure gets a makeover under the moniker of “risk-aversion” and “comfort”, and the often paralyzing fear of making a mistake somehow sounds much less ominous when called “perfectionism”. As you think about important decisions and changes you would like to make in your life and career, what specific fears are keeping you from taking action? And how can you find the inspiration, support and courage to name these fears and take that next step?
When I ask people what success means to them, many of them struggle to come up with an answer. For some people, it’s the first time that anyone has ever asked them that question. It’s interesting how we can spend our lives in this constant pursuit of success without having a clear idea of what success really means to us. I have definitely been guilty of this at different stages throughout my life. As you start the new year, I encourage you to take some time to explore what success really means to you. If you were to look back over your entire life one day, what specific things will you look to as testament to your success?
As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to share some of my favourite photos taken over the past year. This has become an annual tradition of mine, and I find that it helps me focus on everything I was able to do this year, as opposed to going down that rabbit hole of mistakes, regrets and lost opportunities. May 2019 be a year where we choose courage over fear; strength over weakness; and empathy and kindness over intolerance. Wishing you all the best for 2019!
As we prepare for Industry 4.0, we need to start exercising foresight in at least equal measure to hindsight, and we need to start challenging many of the assumptions on which our business models, strategies and ultimately our lives are built. To read the full article, click here.