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Saturday, October 17, 2009

THE ELIMINATION OF FEAR



One of my early assignments in college was to create a one point perspective drawing. Perspectives give you a 3D visual of an area and help illustrate more objectively from a given position. All of us have a perspective whether related to architecture or in life. That perspective is relative based on our point of reference. I have a thought provoking question to help guide us to a particular point of reference.

What would you do if you could not fail?

The root of the question addresses the self imposed boundary that we all use to keep from achieving our potential; FEAR. I have failed at small tasks, I have failed at large tasks, I have had financial failures, and I have made the wrong decisions at times which have lead to failures. Failures bruise us and make it difficult to try the same thing twice or even try something new. Fear marks failures, in most cases failure is what people do not who they are.

If failure was not an option, would you write a book, own a business, or travel the world? What would you do? The fact of the matter is our mental ability to dream is limited by the boundaries we set and the vision we have to achieve our goal.
Former Secretary of State of Indiana, Pat Miller, suggested that I read a book entitled The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. The book talked about the very point at which an epidemic spreads. Can you imagine a local epidemic that spreads in a city full of people driven towards achieving their purpose based on who they are?

How does this play into our everyday life on a local level in our community? Before I attempt to address the surface issues like the mass transit, tax system, and zoning issues I want to clearly layout the foundation to proposed solutions and the premise of my thinking in a way that is nonintrusive.

The first way to approach building anything is to establish a core foundation of belief. From my collegiate studies of civilizations and the building of successful communities, there is an underlying fundamental concept. The way to break down any community is to diversify their language. In turn, if you want to unify a group of people the foundation of whatever they do starts with communication. A community that acts as one unit has more strength. A unified community has its collective buying power increased.

The determined few that live out their lives as a success have eradicated fear. With fear eliminated, several surface issues disappear like racism, classism, political pandering, economic issues, and religious segregation. From this point of reference the perspective is clear; fear is a major hindrance to a community’s progress.
Without our ability to dream, a comprehensive vision of the future of our community is limited to the boundary of the status quo. Community starts with you.

What would you do if you could not fail?

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