Survival Principle #7: Face Your Tigers

Posted on | May 31, 2009 | 3 Comments

If you live and work in the part of the world where tigers live, and a tiger were to come upon you suddenly, what would be your first (human) instinct? Run!  Yes!  Run!  At that point, however, 6 million years of evolutionary training kicks in: The tiger’s eyes see a small, slow figure running away, the yummy one with the crunchy center, the tiger’s brain says.  ‘LUNCH’ with great delight, and the tiger runs you down and kills you, either eating you or saving you for later.

The bottom line: if you run away from a tiger, your chances of survival are essentially zero.  But, they say, if you turn and face the tiger, you may stand a chance.  Let’s be clear, he may still eat you!  This is not some magic story here.  But he will stop for a moment and think about it first.  

So in the simple act of facing the tiger, you have created, not a guarantee, but a possibility, a possibility that wasn’t there before. Run, and your chances of getting away are zero. Face the tiger, and your chances are something greater than zero. That’s all, just a chance, but it’s significantly better than certain death.

What ‘tigers’ do you need to face in your life? Situations you know you need to turn and face. People you know you need to speak to about something bothering you-or affecting your organization, or family or community. How could you ‘face’ them? What could happen if you did? What is the possibility facing that tiger could create-and what is the fear that stops you?

Because, let’s face it, (so to speak), if you are not facing one of your ‘tigers’, it’s already eating you. . .


3 Responses to “Survival Principle #7: Face Your Tigers”

  1. carry Metkowski
    June 1st, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

    The tigers I am facing this year are by far the largest ones ever. This year, I Choose to walk out on a six figure job on principle. It was the single largest value honoring I have ever done.

    Each step since has been and adventure, each day hold a new up or down. Exciting, exhausting and alive. Alive with my life.

    I couldn’t run any more. I couldn’t continue to lead an org. whose espoused value were glorious while internally, they – ( well, me through omission) cheated people.

    I decided to stop and face my life’s tiger. I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂


  2. John Scherer
    June 6th, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    Thanks C… Keep me/us posted, OK?


  3. Naomi Lippin
    July 16th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    Congratulations for having the courage to take such an important personal quantum leap. We need all the integrity energy we collectively can generate in the world right now. Good luck!


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