I heard an old saying many years ago from a friend of mine and executive coach Steve Graves, “walk toward th barking dog.”
What the metaphore means is that in every organization and situation of change there is this barking dog that is meant to initimdate you and scare you off from making the passage to change. These loud, angry, barking dogs live in the junkyards and their sole mission is intimidation. What Steve told me, and I firmly believe, is that these dogs feed off of our fears. They smell fear. The react to fear. And yet, they are just boisterous barking machines.
In his experience over many years of consulting, if you walk toward the barking dog with confidence, the dog shuts up and wimpers off.
There are far too many barking dog issues that guard our path of going from good to great. Way too often we prefer to avoid conflict or choose the path of least resistance.
The truth of the situation, once we dial up our courage, is that if you walk towards the barking dog, unafriad, confident, and secure, it will back down and retreat.
That sounds easiear said than done but I have found throughout my career that insight to hold true. Once you have mastered the skill of walking toward the barking dog that is challenging you via fear and intimidation, you can accomplish anything!
Go for it. Walk toward the very thing that scares you the most that you have been avoiding. It is only in confronting these fears and nonsense will you ever see the full potential of what you can become.