Poetry in Business – Fear

When I was having a clear out of old paperwork recently in anticipation of the incoming GDPR legislation, I came across a long forgotten poem I had written in 2005. Upon re-reading it, I remembered with extraordinary clarity why I’d written it. Like all entrepreneurs, I have had many dark days when I wondered a) why I was doing whatever it was that I was doing and b) how I was going to look after my staff, family and friends.

I know from the mentoring work that I now do that many leaders feel or have felt the same way at some point. And so I thought I’d publish my poor effort here in the hope that it might help someone articulate how they feel so that they can deal with it and move on.

Enjoy!

Fear

I want to talk about fear.

The cold, dark place in my mind
where I sit, damp with sweat
and paralysed, unable to focus
for fear of

What?

What exactly am I afraid of?
Fear of failure?
Why?
I’ve done it before so I know how.

Fear of the unknown?
But I've always loved a Challenge,
always treated life as a game.

Fear of change?
Hmm, good question.
Am I afraid of change?
Do I no longer love a Challenge?

Fear? What is fear?

Am I afraid of being afraid?

Fear? What is fear?

A state of mind.

That I must control!

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