"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." -- African Proverb
This time of year, the roads of my daily commute are riddled with potholes.
As I approach a pothole, if I catch myself staring too long, I drive into it.
If I ignore or do not see the pothole, I drive into it.
If I approach a pothole and reflexively jerk my steering wheel in one direction or the other, I may avoid the pothole, but drive into it's friend.
Instead, if I simply notice the pothole, then look for a solid section of road on which to drive, I may ultimately avoid catastrophe.
Fear can work in the very same way.
If we linger too long in fear, we fail to act. We are increasingly drawn towards the fear and are unable to change course, when it's desperately needed.
If we have no tolerance for fear, we act erratically and fail, sometimes repeatedly.
If we completely ignore fear, we are unable to plan around potential issues and we ultimately fail.
Embracing a culture of innovation requires educators (and innovators) to accept fear, notice it, and move forward with a new and better plan. We see potential issues and we plan around them. We don't avoid fear; we use it as a guide.
Also, we do not fear asking for help. We seek out other perspectives and feedback. We test this information against our plans and senses, including our fear.
This week, attempt to notice your fear. When does it happen? What does it feel like? How do you respond to it?
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Have a great week!