Personal Mastery/Transformation LO5399

Virginia I. Shafer (
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:48:11 -0700

Replying to LO5350 --

Gary Scherling shares:

>There is a major fear in people that, if they act on their personal
>beliefs, they'll lose face, not be accepted and eventually lose their
>jobs. So they hide their personal beliefs, their inner strengths and
>learn to repeat what others in the organization support -- the safe
>method of staying alive.
>but many people don't recognize the fears we have to confront. It's
>not really the fear of losing a job, it's the fear of losing the
>income that allows you to support your family, or the fear of being
>wrong, or failing, or not being accepted, or not being able to find a
>new job, or having someone tell you things you don't want to hear.

So, in order to "face" these fears and overcome them, shouldn't we explore
where they come from? What is the source for the "fear of being
wrong...of failing, or not being accepted"? When did we first feel these
feelings we're trying to avoid? What does it feel like to be wrong, to
"fail"? How do people behave toward you when you're not accepted? When
you're wrong? Why do they behave that way?

I believe when we answer these questions together, we can maybe learn the
source of the fear and understand what should be done to resolve it.


Ginger Shafer
The Leadership Dimension
"Bringing Leadership to Life"

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