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The broadCAST: Facing the Fear

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature.  For October and heading into Hallowe’en, the question is:

In a world that can be so often driven by fear at work and in life, what is one thought you might have around facing, utilizing and/or triumphing over fear?

 

TRENT LANGDON SAYS….

I pondered this one for a while Barry…’sense of place’ or ‘re-grounding’ are key phrases that come to mind. Fear, often rooted in irrational thought or Trent1loss of certainty, requires a return to the foundations of your true self. I know for me, during times of fear and associated anxieties, stepping back and re-affirming that which I can control certainly helps. In practical terms, this means a return to home (literally, my house and my childhood home), adding in that extra run, enjoying my Hershey’s chocolate bar, and watching SpongeBob with my kids… all a means of re-establishing meaning and re-charging for the battles of tomorrow. Squidward, I shall prevail!

Trent Langdon, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor is all about legacy and building yours by rewriting your ‘game plan’ or rejuvenating your organization’s foundations.  Trent is a strong believer that success and contentment is achievable through actions of integrity and character; for an individual or an organization. With more than 20 years of experience as a CHANGE AGENT for children, adolescents, families, schools, communities, and professionals, Trent can walk with you toward Personal Development and Discovery, Organizational Review and Renewal, and A Career / Life Plan for Teens.  www.epicengage.com

 

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

Fear is likely the most significant factor that holds many of us back from doing the things we truly want to do. At its worst it can be very limiting. For some it is a fear of failure, for others it could be a fear of looking or being judged as stupid or ignorant. Still others have a fear that they are inadequate to take on the task or challenge. Some even have a fear of success. They are unsure about their ability to deal with success and the additional Joel-Sweeneychallenges it may bring. One way to deal with your fear is to determine two things. First is it something that you truly want to do, acquire or accomplish. If it isn’t don’t waste any more time on it. Take it off your list. If you are going to be fearful, you might as well be fearful about pursuing something you want. Secondly, if it is something you truly want you have to determine is it worth the risk. If it is not worth the risk then don’t invest any more time on it. If it is worth the risk give it all the energy it deserves. Keep in mind that real growth means stepping outside our comfort zone. It means facing your fears. So don’t make those decisions lightly. The more you stretch your comfort zone the greater your chances to be triumphant over fear.

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He is a professional speaker, trainer, facilitator, personal coach and author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought with his third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box, just released in the Fall of 2014. Through his focus on communications training and his keynote speeches, Joel helps individuals and organizations maximize their potential. His messages are thought provoking, entertaining and laced with connection, humor and enthusiasm. www.JoelSweeney.com

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

Facing our fears and living beyond them is not about finding a secret formula or a magic solution.  … “that someday I will be fear-less if only…”  To face our fears actually means to understand ourselves.  To know ourselves so well that we recognize what makes us afraid, and how we can be a true grobbfriend to ourselves in those moments.  The next time we are afraid of something, instead of talking ourselves out of it or denying or avoiding it… or drinking another cup of coffee to power through it… or whatever our crutch is… what if we were just present to ourselves with compassion and understanding.  What if we acknowledged the feelings and accepted how we really felt, and gave ourselves the chance to be authentic.  How might fear dissolve and become less important, if we learn how to be there for ourselves when we need it most?

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

Fear is the beacon. Fear is what you should be heading TOWARDS, not away from. What is the most important thing for you to do right now? What is the big thing you need to do for yourself, for your business, for your family? Chances are, it’s also the thing that you are most afraid of. So, feel the majeed square--web readyfear, face it, and blast through it!

Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

My road back to health from a TIA continues.  This question has real meaning for me on a number of levels.  There indeed seems to be a noteworthy and growing sense of fear in the world, manifesting itself in uncertainty, conflict, hate, contention and even apathy.  That being said, for me personally.. I am learning about fear and its best antidote (in my honest and humble opinion) these days.  This bout with the brain bleed has caused BLG 2me to slow down and relinquish a sense of control.  Scary, for this “piece of hands-on thunder and lightning”.  I have been hard wired for many years to seize the handle bars and drive.  But I am learning the power of flow over drive… of riding the wave over creating it.  As I place my health in the hands of caring and knowledgeable professionals and accept the help of loving friends and family, I also realize the real battle for me.  Trust.  I am a person of faith, or so I thought.  But last night I posted on Facebook that faith and fear do not reside in the same house.  I love the posts of my colleagues in the CAST™.  With their thoughts in mind, I agree that acceptance, discernment, compassion, and courage are virtues paramount in facing and embracing fear.  My addition is that we must come to a place of the truest confidence, not so much in ourselves… but in life.  I am learning to trust my concept of God and let go.  I am finally learning that my previous sense of control is a myth.  I do not control the wave.  What I do have control over is how I ride it.  Peace.

Barry Lewis Green is an educator.  He is a dynamic motivator.  Yes, he is a motivational speaker of substance.  He is an expert who speaks.  Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. It is a team with a mission born of Barry’s work.  He is about epic and noble leadership and wholehearted communities at work, school and everywhere; advancing together in thought, will and action. He is about uniting diverse talent to create cultures of growth. www.epicengage.com and www.theunityconnection.com

Until November, enjoy the scary month of October.  🙂

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