Posts Tagged ‘Run to the Roar’

Easy Comes with a Risk

October 8, 2009

EasybuttonWatching a recent Staples commercial, I was again amazed at our culture’s fascination with the “EASY” button.  Commercials promise EASY (no diet, no exercise) weight loss, EASY (dollars while you sleep) money, and EASY health “fixes” in terms of the latest and greatest pills.

In fact, I want to challenge you to LISTEN to these “prescription” commercials with a new purpose.  IGNORE the “EASY” part… the part that promises instant and life-changing results.   Instead, I want you to pay attention to the “warnings”… you know, the part of the commercial in which they begin to speak really quickly.  This is when they “caution” you about the REAL risks of the drug they are pedaling.  “The risks / side effects can include heart attack, irregular menstrual cycles, and, oh yeah… DEATH.”  I’m paraphrasing, of course.

But the truth is that EASY comes with a RISK.  The risk of NO RESISTANCE is a lack of growth.  The RISK of far too easy credit is a national financial crisis.  The RISK of “blanket” tolerance is a lack of standards.  The RISK of not allowing anyone to FAIL is in the creation of an environment in which no one wins, either.  The RISK of “taking it easy” is the INABILITY to get TOUGHER THAN THE TIMES.

I am already writing a sequel to the soon –to-be-released fable:  Run to the Roar:  A Fable of Choice, Courage, and Hope. It will focus on the COURAGE of our CONVICTIONS.  As I write this book, I am reminded that our nation was built by a people that would have ruthlessly questioned (the existence of and need for) an “EASY” button.  Our American ancestors didn’t seek, hope, yearn for, NOR expect to find an “EASY” route.  They expected that life would be tough at times.  Their commitment was to be TOUGHER than the TIMES.

And sometimes… just sometimes… our greatest moments are in the “tough times”… our greatest accomplishments…. our greatest growth… our greatest contributions…


Make Reality Work for You

June 8, 2009

One way to Run to the Roar is to acknowledge reality.  However, not in the way our global media “acknowledges reality” – in a way that inspires fear and inaction.  We want to acknowledge reality in terms of this ONE question:

“Given this set of circumstances, what do we want to create?”

Rather than dwelling on the obstacles in front of us, we simply want to name them… address them… define them… and then decide what we want to do ANYWAY.  The truth is that if we IGNORE reality, it will always work against us.  But if we acknowledge our own reality, we can make it work FOR us.

So, to bring this to practical application, let’s name the TOP THREE obstacles in your business.  In other words if these THREE obstacles were removed or overcome, your organization would be able to thrive.

Now, how much time are you devoting to overcoming EACH of these three obstacles?  Have you gone “unconscious” about your top three obstacles?  Believing that there is “nothing that can be done”?  Or are you deliberately chipping away at the power these obstacles hold over your business or department?  The power of change and challenge is in the persistent action required to navigate an obstacle.

Confront the Fear

May 22, 2009

Fear is an immensely powerful thing that can paralyze us, diminish productivity, and high-jack our emotions.  In times of change and transition, which demand innovative action, fear can cripple us and bring our organization to a grinding halt.  The first thing we can do to Run to the Roar is Confront the Fear.

Have you ever seen a really skillful attorney at work?  Their eloquent ability to yield the power of words always amazes me.  One way to confront your fear is to skillfully debate whatever you are afraid of.  Fear results from threats that are both real AND perceived.  Far too often, we waste time being paralyzed by fear over possibilities that (fortunately) never materialize, and are unlikely to occur.  But, even when we are confronting the fear of a very likely possibility, it is beneficial to confront it head on.  Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Given the circumstances causing me this fear, what is the WORST thing that can happen?
  • What is the BEST thing that could happen?
  • What is the MOST LIKELY thing that WILL happen?
  • Based upon all of the information we have gathered, what seems to be our best course of action?

You are very likely to find that FEAR loses it power when it is skillfully and boldly “debated.” The most important thing to remember is that fear is temporary.  When it is confronted, it can quickly disappear.