Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Eight

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self….And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” – Soren Kierkegaard

In the 1600s cartographers wrote on their maps, “Let Dragons Be Here,” in the uncharted regions of the world’s oceans. To emphasize their point, these mapmakers would literally draw a frightening image of a dragon or sea monster, with its long winding tail and huge jaws, to forewarn all interested parties that to enter into these regions of the earth they would need to contend with these terrifying creatures. Clearly, being an explorer in those days required uncommon courage. 

This is what Black Belt Leaders do. They enter into uncharted territories with a sense of adventure and the understanding that great riches are to be discovered going forward into the unknown. To do this, they are willing to bravely face their own “inner monsters” – their fears and their resistance. They exhibit maturity as they set forth on their journey. They are not engaged in the adventure in a casual, naive, idealistic, or self-deluding fashion. They have been “well-seasoned” by their past experiences, having worked through the teachings that each new adventure has presented. The lessons drawn from these adventures have given them a sense of “grounding” in the world. They can be improvisational and spontaneous when appropriate, but they do not act in a frivolous or thoughtless manner. They take their time to digest their experience. They do not act out of fear, but for what they love to bring into the world.