Fear keeps us and others from reaching our potential!
While reading, I came across a few paragraphs that I can relate to, and I’m sure a few other people can as well. Hopefully this will help you separate the difference.
People who are ruled by fear stay where it’s safe, and that’s not good, because people can’t reach their potential by staying where it’s safe. Worse yet, they keep other people from reaching thier potential as well.
When a leader (that’s us, tubulldogs) is ruled by fear, he/she becomes a LID to the people who follow him, and many people fail to reach their potential because their leaders are fearful. Here’s a story from U.S. history to help illustrate.
During the American Revolution, the Bahamas were captured by Spain. In April of 1783, Andrew Deveaux, a lieutenant coloned of South Carolina, recruited a handful of militiamen and Harbour Island settlers and planned to take Nassau using a clever strategy.
Deveaux had only two hundred men with him, a much smaller force that that of the Spanish, but he managed to capture the high ground on the island after a brief skirmish.
The Spaniards then watched as boats repeatededly ferried load after load of men from Deveaux’s ships to his defensive position on shore. What the Spaniards didn’t know was that the same men kept going back and forth, standing on their trip over to the island, and hiding themselves by lying down in the boat on the trip back to the ships.
The leader of the Spanish troops, fearing a defeat at the hands of a large force in a defensible position. surrendered.
William Shakespeare wrote,
“Our doubts are traitors, and they make us lose what we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
That was certainly true in the this incident from history.