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 week the UK is celebrating 70 years of one of it’s best loved institutions, the National Health Service, we thought it would be good to talk about courage and bravery.  Nye Bevan is described as courageous in his support and drive to introduce a free national health service for all, despite much opposition at the time, from fellow MP’s and the medical establishment.  Nye stood firm in his belief, even when the costs were much higher than anticipated.  His courage has had a lasting effect, as Gordon Brown has said,  “the astonishing fact is that Bevan’s vision has stood both the test of time and the test of change unimaginable in his day.”
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. 

  1. I like challenge.
  2. I love action.
  3. I prefer flexible multi-tasking to routine and rhythm in my day.
  4. I am more ‘energetic and excited’ than ‘better safe than sorry’.
  5. I persist and stretch myself.
  6. I am not on autopilot, when I get to the end of my day I can remember what I’ve done.
  7. I embrace feedback as an opportunity to learn.
  8. I like to create and innovate.
  9. I am always looking to improve things.
  10. I am excited by being myself and making a difference. 
If your score is low – what could you be missing out on?
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 love this quote by the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh:  “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.”
If courage comes from the heart, it’s the stuff that is in our heads that can get in the way.
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.
The consequences of not having it? Self-doubt, complacency, coasting, watching other businesses and people do better than you – staying in the middle of the road.  Imagine what you could achieve by applying courage, grit, a hint of that gutsy, adventurous feeling every day.
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.

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