…as leaders of ourselves and others, we are all coaches. The best of us don’t tell others what to do. We tell them how to choose what to do and we help them learn where to find the confidence to actually make decisions. … Sometimes the insights are profound, and the resulting shift is nearly miraculous. Sometimes there’s nothing.
Fearlessness. Can you imagine it?
Fear may help us produce short-term results, but they’re unsustainable. Fear eats us from the inside out. It provides useful, catabolic energy, sure, for the immediate task. But over the long term, fear will either result in atrophy because we’re hiding and not using our talent, or we’ll cramp up and collapse because we’re asking more of ourselves than we have to give.