What does living courageously look like for you?
Most times we think an act has to be herculean for it to be deemed courageous. Actually, something seemingly simple like asking for help is quite courageous, especially in a society that celebrates ultra independence.
Courage in High Performance is the glue that binds the other principles, such as Clarity, Productivity, etc, i.e., the more courage the more clarity, the higher the productivity and so forth.
Courage also is a major catalyst for increasing confidence as the more we step out and succeed (or find that stepping out didn’t kill us) the more we gain confidence, thereby creating a strong connection between Courage and Confidence.
So, back to what courage means to you… I’m willing to bet that right now you’re showing up more courageously than you think. The current crisis our world is undergoing is challenging us to adapt and create new norms. If you’re speaking up for yourself, sharing more, and expressing your real self in this atmosphere then you’ve truly uncovered a new level of courage.
The reality is that when it comes to Courage, most times it’s our mind playing tricks on us. With this awareness, we can look at things for what they are, welcome the discomfort, and still make moves — take action, no matter how small. Just think about the things you’d feared in the past but did anyway that turned out better than you’d expected.
Here is a High Performance framework I guide my Coaching clients through that I recommend you put to practice. Complete the sentences to see where you need to apply more Courage in your life.
Sharing Your Truth:
- The person(s) I need to be more direct and honest with about my true thoughts, feelings, ideas, and dreams include…
- It would take a lot of courage for me to tell them that…
Take More Action:
- If I did the following things more frequently, that would help me gain the skills and confidence I need to achieve my bigger dreams…
If you have big dreams, know that you can do it! One step at a time.