|Fulfillment@Work: COURAGE OF A COWARD
September 2, 2001
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1. Coaching Tip: Fear No More
2. Feature Article: Courage Of A Coward
3. Quote of the Week
Fear No More
In this week's issue Joel will reveal his three integral steps to conquering any fear you might be facing now or in the future:
- Consider the positive outcome you're heading towards rather than your negative feelings.
- Transfer the negative energy you spend worrying about a particular challenge into overcoming the issue positively.
- Do something unconventional. For even more fear reducing information and inspiration read on!
Courage Of A Coward
During World War II, a military official summoned General George Patton in Sicily. As he praised Patton for his courage and bravery, the General interrupted: "Sir, I am not a brave man... The truth is, I am an utter craven coward. I have never been within in the sound of a gunshot or sight of battle in my whole life that I wasn't so scared that I had sweat in the palms of my hands."
Years later, when his autobiography was published it contained this significant statement from the general: "I learned very early in my life never to take counsel of my fears." Another military hero, Eddie Rickenbacker, once said, "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
As we move out of our comfort zones towards either accomplishing new things or approaching new levels of greatness, it's normal to lack courage even if the goal we're moving towards is positive. Like both these historical figures you too can avoid succumbing to the counsel of your fears by following these three courage enhancing tips from my workbook Land Your Dream Job:
- Consider the positive outcome you're heading towards rather than any negative feelings you may be having at the moment. The other side of the hurdle is better than where you are now.
- Put the energy you spend worrying or fearing about any challenge you might be facing into overcoming it in a positive way. The obstacle is one because of the energy you're putting into it. Redirect that energy back to a positive place and you'll be over the hurdle.
- Do something unconventional. I've had clients who have procrastinated calling people. They tell me this on our weekly calls and I suggest they hang up with me on the spot to make the call they need to make before calling me back. They have no excuses then and are able to move forward.
Other ways to build a strong foundation of personal courage include bringing more positive influences into your life.
- Look for coaches, mentors and role models who are experiencing greatness in their own lives.
- Read inspirational books and post motivational quotes around you.
- Seek out co-workers who aren't afraid to think outside of the box and look for ways to work more with them.
If your environment is negative and content with average, consider looking for a new position in a place where greatness is valued and cultivated and everyone dares themselves and those around them to new levels of achievement. That's what courage is all about.
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Quotes of the week
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
~ Anais Nin
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