There seems to be a rash of fear these days. The media reporting disasters and the coronavirus every day. It seems that a fear of the now, today, and the immediate has come. But should we cancel life and live in an underground cave? This episode covers how to overcome these fears through prudent avoidance, standing firm, and having faith that things will turn out okay.
I feel strongly that we should not live in dark caves with our fears. No, instead, we are to arise to live.
Government’s CDC Coronavirus prevention guidelines
As business owners and leaders, we have an unique ability to help others navitigate fears. This is because we have already faced so many fears getting launched and succeeding. However, we need to keep our heads, if anything, because some many people count on us.
We can do this by:
Think through things to determine where the line of between cautious and carefree is. This line should match your particular situation.
“If you don’t stand by faith, you will not stand at all” –Isaiah 7:9
- Not letting fear take of your heart and start making panic or fleeting decisions. Use the leadership skills that you have.
- Not running with the stampeding herd. You’re the leader, not the herd.
- Not giving into the unknown. We entrepreneur face the unknown future nearly every day and can share our wisdom with others who haven’t.
- Doing the right thing for you and your family and your employees. If you need to hunker down and ride out the storm, then do it. If you need to go out and brave the elements, then do it. Either way, have a plan and execute it.
- Knowing that you can acknowledge your fears by name. A named fear is easier to overcome that an unnamed one.
- Knowing you are not alone. I know for business owners you feel alone, but there is help if you ask for it. Your spouse, an employee, or a team member. Don’t go through fears alone.
- Knowing you have skills and training that you can use to take the next step, no matter how small.
- Knowing that your body has defenses against disease. Humans can survive in the wild, so don’t overdo it by carrying an arm full of crutches and bottles of vitamins.
- And for religious folks, believing that God will protect and guide through whatever may be.