Paper Tiger

papertiger2Marriage scares some people to death. I mean deep fear. It’s right up there on the list with public speaking or terrorism attacks…and for good reason. People have interesting fears.

As I dug through my fears, I discovered that they were just paper tigers! They had no power; they only fed off my strength. Paper Tiger is something that seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless.

Fear is a lie. Every fear that currently rules your life is rooted in a lie that someone told you; every single fear. If you find the lie, you’ve found the root of that fear.

Fear is tiring. I don’t know of anything more draining and time consuming. It comes to take over your life and determines your every decision.

Fear is limiting. Like clock-work, it naturally stops you from taking opportunities and ensures that you lose the ones that you have. Its goal is to eventually make you insignificant.

True leaders understand the nature of fear. In my view, it is the number one hindrance to effective leadership. Well, not anymore, now that you know it’s just…paper tiger.


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