From Fear to Trust

Everyone wants joy and happiness, but few realize that mental, physical and emotional well-being are the foundation to them all. 

Each of us has the power to make choices to be our most joyful, loving and creative selves. So what holds us back from making positive choices to realize our full potential? 

Our fears.

Fears of not having enough. Fears of not being loved enough. Or fears of not being good enough. 

As leaders in our fast changing world, we need the skills to be able to face our fears, learn and adapt to change, constantly. The most successful individuals and companies are the ones who are able to adapt to change quickly.

What prevents learning and growth are our fears. The biggest one is the overriding need for safety and security. 

Here is some wisdom from Abraham Maslow:

“… Growth forward is made possible by the feeling of being safe, operating out into the unknown from a safe home port, of daring because retreat is possible… Assured safety permits higher needs and impulses to emerge and to grow towards mastery… In the choice between giving up safety or giving up growth, safety will win out.”

What Maslow is saying is fear holds us back, and trust enables us to grow. 

Whenever we encounter a new situation, we need to have the confidence and trust in our abilities and our organization, to cope with the challenges and support us. It takes courage to grow, and trust in our environment to overcome the fears we may be feeling.


  • What factors in your environment are helping you build the confidence needed for a growth mind-set?
  • How are you enabling your people to embrace change with confidence in their abilities?
  • What is leadership doing to build a safe and secure workplace that will support you if you fail? 

Having a growth mind-set enables us to learn and adapt to change. It must be supported by the right workplace culture and leadership. A workplace culture that encourages creativity and failure. This is because innovation entails trial and error. With a leadership style that builds trust and trustworthiness, that values you and your abilities.

Here is a team building tool to help you build greater awareness for the issues surround trust on your team. The Trust Matrix (Graphic 5.3) and Trust Matrix worksheet (Worksheet 12-1) or pages 83 and 222 from my book, Conscious Culture.

How can you overcome your fears?

• Have confidence in your abilities.
• Have the courage to know you are safe and secure
• Trust yourself and others (this can be a biggie!)

Using the Trust Matrix Worksheet as a team building process empowers teams members to move from fear to trust.  It creates a safe environment for dialogue where individuals can share the  team's strengths, and those areas where improvements can be made. 

Joy and happiness are your birth-right. We mustn’t let our fears hold us back from experiencing the best this life has to offer. 

Much love from Singapore

Joanna Barclay   Joanna is a fresh new face in the Asian speaking marketplace. She is Canadian and moved to Singapore with her husband 2014.


From Fear to Trust | Asia Professional Speakers Singapore


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