Contributor: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International
Jumping out of an airplane might seem insane to some people, while to others it is an exhilarating and often repeated experience. What makes one person deeply afraid may not be at all scary to another person.
Much of what causes people to react with fear to a situation are perceptions and assumptions about what that situation will be like. After facing their fears, people often realize that the perception of the experience created more fear than the experience itself.
Interacting with people who you perceive to be different than yourself can be the same way. It can be your perceptions, or misconceptions, that make you afraid to connect. Yet when you take the plunge and connect with people, you realize that your fear was unfounded.
Action Step: Challenge a perceived fear that you have of a person by reaching out and making a connection.
- Have you ever had an experience when you faced a fear and you are glad that you did? What did you learn from this experience?
- What fears might hold you back from connecting to someone different than you?
- How can we overcome our fear of differences or new things?
- How can we help each other to explore different ways of seeing the world without fear?
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