Being Brave & Courageous Every Day!
“We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.” Nye Bevan
In the same week, here at Courageous Success, we are celebrating being awarded contracts with three global businesses, all of whom have been part of our decade long journey to help people to be themselves at work, and we’ve never given up!How courageous are you? Score yourself (honestly!), on the statements below, using a scale of 1-10, with 10 being high.
- I like challenge.
- I love action.
- I prefer flexible multi-tasking to routine and rhythm in my day.
- I am more ‘energetic and excited’ than ‘better safe than sorry’.
- I persist and stretch myself.
- I am not on autopilot, when I get to the end of my day I can remember what I’ve done.
- I embrace feedback as an opportunity to learn.
- I like to create and innovate.
- I am always looking to improve things.
- I am excited by being myself and making a difference.
Maybe you find that sometimes you can answer mostly high and other times answer mostly low. What stops us being our most brave and courageous self every day?
We know, from taking a random and anonymous sample of iAM questionnaires, that the vast majority of us, along with the positives, use words like doubting, worrier, overthinking and lacking confidence, when describing ourselves. These negative thoughts act like barriers in our minds, stopping us having the courage to take a leap of faith every day. We doubt ourselves and fear failure, so we stick to safe.
Courageous Success is a verb – it’s about maximising who you are and what you are capable of. It’s being braver.
When did you last push yourself or even venture outside of your comfort zone? When did you trust, have faith and follow the clues rather than always sticking to set process? How many days do you spend achieving very little, yet still feel exhausted and busy? Want to change it? Then start today.What would it feel like to step into your personal power and unleash your amazing self?
Here are our four key tips:
- Think of the last time you felt incredible, unstoppable, full of confidence – at your best.
Make a list of words that describes how it felt e.g. powerful, full of energy, daring, courageous, I can do anything.
- Challenge yourself at work, what have you been putting off? Now grab it and get stuck in!
- Keep your power: don’t let the mood of others affect you – who do you know at work that drains you? It’s their problem not yours, leave their mood with them and don’t take it on.
- Believe in yourself.