It is ironical that humans are such control freaks from the fears they hold within themselves. The paradox here is the inherent nature of fear that knows one cannot control and yet the living being tries to exercise control. This unintelligent struggle by the humans wastes the energy of the living; in the process robbing the joy of being present or living in the moment.
This is manifest in our lives, be it in our families, societies, organizations or as a nation and global universe collectively. There has never been a better time than now to overcome this with the simple understanding of the term “Surrender”. Often understood from the perspective of weakness, it is to the contrary the most potent act of courage or bravery. It emerges from a deep understanding of being prepared to face the consequences of one’s own actions. This is indeed the greatest challenge of humanity today, more than ever. We have to be ready to change the nature of our lives – from a consuming to a contributing individual, organization and society.
Consider this. The very nature of the human system is that it can do whatever it chooses to do. We can swim on water and yet many people drown. The fundamental difference between those who swim and those who drown is a very simple truth; they do not fight the water. They become its nature or become one with it or simply surrender to it. A surfer will not fear the tallest of the waves in an ocean. Surfers have this deep understanding of not fighting with the water but to calmly let the principles of nature carry them. That in essence is surrender; an action that emerges from a deep understanding of the water, it nature and principles and the method and practice to surrender to it and enjoy its course.
Globally there is a grudging acknowledgement of the need for Innovation and Transformation in societies and organizations. Yet, this is not happening at the rate and pace of success demanded by nature. The reason is human resistance; one that is born out of fear of losing control of what one is holding on to currently. And yet, it that which one is holding on to currently, that needs to transform desperately. Societies and Organizations need to acknowledge this. Leader must be brave to lead from the front and demonstrate this understanding.
Fear is a complex weakness of humans that arises out of “Comparison” and “Competition”. Both these terms are anti-innovation. One cannot compare (benchmark) and compete (do better than what someone else does) when Innovating; where Innovation arises from not what the context and drivers are for someone else, but one’s own self and the organization. Shaping the context is just like the act of being able to surf and enjoy the wave rather than fight and drown in it. Fear is born out of Ignorance and Intelligence from intellect. It is time to drive action from Intellect rather than from Fear.