Wednesday January 15, 2014
“One isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things—in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It’s the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion.”
Working with participants in seminars and with executives in my coaching practice reveals a common pattern: there’s almost always some risk that they are fully aware they need to take and yet they delay doing so. A challenging communication with a colleague; a confrontation with a vendor; a “hard truth” to a son or daughter ….. the situations look different and the pattern is the same.
Usually by the time it is shared with me, their excuses for not handling the issue have been well formed and they’ve blown up the risk to a level no sensible person would attempt.
Ms. Angelou’s simple yet profound words offer a way out and through. What are the “small courageous things” that you need to do now? Let us know. Put yourself on the hook by sharing your commitment with all who read this message.
How’s that for a challenge?