Acting with Courage

Acting with Courage

As a child I fearlessly climbed every tree I could find. Yet somewhere along the way I found myself going dizzy when my feet left the ground. I am the one who hugs the inside of the stairwell, stays off balconies and avoids ladders. I wonder where do fear and courage come from? How do fear and courage effect success? What choices should be made to overcome fear, garner courage and move to enhance life and work experiences? The dictionary defines FEAR as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. COURAGE is defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; displaying bravery. To act with courage often requires change, choosing a paradigm shift away from what is known and accepted. In the Information Age the way we work is less isolated and more social, not the I but the WE. Everyone is moving to mobility, collaboration, tweeting and friending. Staying fearful and clinging to old ways of thought will leave you and your business in the I, behind the curve, and your clients won’t look to you for building the WE, in front of the curve. To succeed look to what your business does best as a team. Choose actions that improve the rate of delivery and accelerate positive outcomes for your customers. Identify what increases agility in the face of rapid economic change. Get your message out. And my fear? I took a trip from Texas to Montana, crossing through six states. I drove mountain ridge roads, Jumped canyons in a jeep, hiked the Rim, travelled the Road to the Sun. Crazy? YES! Every challenge inspired me, building confidence in taking risks and the success in working as a WE. What will be your choice?

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