Hoist the Anchor of Your Fears

My son is in a sailing program and is becoming quite good. After a solid year of sailing 2-3 days/week, he’s developed the knowledge, strength, and competence to really be a leader in the program. Apparently, there are a lot of new sailors on the sailing team which he finds both amusing and annoying.

“I want to go fast. I want to be great. Why do I have to be paired with these noobs?” he complained when I picked him up after Friday’s practice. “It’s weird for me to be the skipper, having to tell older kids how to do things. It’s exhausting to have to be the leader all the time!”

I reminded him that only a year ago he was the “noob” and that perhaps he might exercise a little patience, understanding, and empathy.

Only a year ago.

That’s the thing that we don’t remember—how far we can go in such a short amount of time when we truly commit ourselves to something.

When something is new or unfamiliar, it can be uncomfortable, even frightening, to put ourselves out there. But if we stay with it and keep doing it, those feelings pass. They’re replaced by feelings of accomplishment and confidence.

So be the noob! Or as Eleanor Roosevelt said much more eloquently, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Imagine what would be possible if you were to hoist the anchor of your fears and allow your dreams to set sail. Where might you be this time next year?

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Kimberly Davis
Kimberly Davishttps://www.braveleadershipbook.com/
An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business’s Executive Education Program's Transformational Leadership Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative. She is also privileged to teach for the Bush Institute’s WE Lead Program (empowering female leaders from the Middle East). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need, is the 2019 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Business and Career; an Amazon Bestseller in Business Leadership, Business Motivation, and Self-Improvement, and Motivational Business Management; and was named as the number one book to read in Inc. Magazine’s “The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018,” with a cover-endorsement by best-selling author Daniel Pink.