A Lesson in Overcoming Fear: Optimism for Turbulent Times
I bit my lip, held my breath and buckled in, sandwiched between Bernice Grossman and Linda Pickering. I prayed silently. Then I prayed out loud, and then we took off. Not like an airplane. No, like a rocket, straight up, and suddenly we were fluttering inches above mountains. We saw the Hoover Dam (oh, is that big), and then there it was, the Grand Canyon, a giant and spectacular gully, miles across and over a mile deep. What a sight. We landed near the north rim and had a picnic. Then it was time to fly back to Las Vegas.
Would I like to sit up front with the pilot this time? Why not? With the glass under my feet, the view was incredible: the Canyon, the mountains, the desert, the hotels on the strip.
Now, thanks to Amy, I'm Miss Fearless Wonder Woman. What had I been afraid of? What's the point of being afraid when all it does is keep you from doing things? I was so delighted with my newfound freedom that it didn't occur to me until I got back to Florida and started watching the news and reading the papers about banking disasters and recessions, even depressions, that FDR was right: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
If I'd really understood that when I was a kid, I'd probably have been a pilot and would have flown myself to New Hampshire and over the Grand Canyon.
Amy remembered my fear, developed a Machiavellian plan to overcome it and the remarkable AAGRM program to make sure I'd be there, and then executed it flawlessly. That's a real friend. Thanks, Amy.
Give your customers a break from their fears.
Fear is in the air these days, it seems. Fear about everything from dwindling 401(k)s, to getting laid off and suddenly having no income, to investing in the wrong business tactics and losing profits. People and companies with the courage to stay focused and overcome their fears will win. It happened during the Depression, and it will happen this time, too. Some things I've learned that I hope will help you and your customers: