is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in
"Results Derived from Within"
Vickie Bevenour, a Professional
Certified Coach, PCC
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Where Do You Find Your Courage?
recently had an experience that truly touched me.
I was working with a man who was in career
transition and we were practicing his interviewing
happens that he was born into another culture and
English is not his first language.
He is very intelligent, highly successful
and had completed much of the preparation for our
“interview”. Even though he had prepared as
well as could be expected, his hands were
noticeably shaking as we progressed through the
first few questions.
shaking hands “struck a chord” with me and I
realized the depth of this man’s courage.
What must he have gone through to get to
this place in his life?
And from where was he finding the courage
to work through this latest career transition?
This made me think of the old saying, “when
the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
In today’s economic downturn and its
inevitable effect on the current business
environment, the question is:
where will you get your courage?
is defined in Webster’s dictionary as: mental or
moral strength to venture, preserve and withstand
danger, fear or difficulty.
the world gets “tough” we humans have a
multitude of personal reactions, some of which may
not my fault.”
Playing the blame game – rather than
take personal responsibility, we find someone
or something else to blame.
Avoiding responsibility – either
declining to take on additional responsibility
at a time that it’s needed, or denying
personal responsibility even for things that
are clearly in our control.
doesn’t matter what I do.”
Choosing to live the status quo and do
nothing at all to change the situation – or
choosing to do something that has no effect or
Whether it’s your fault or not…whether
it’s fair or not…those things just don’t
matter in the long run.
What DOES matter is what you do about it…how
will you face your “hand shaking” moment?
Those with courage are aware there is
something to be feared, but they choose to act in
spite of that fear.
Look deep inside yourself and find the
courage to ACT; it will not only help you get
through the next year, but it will also ensure
that you find the nerve to push through your next
life challenge with courageous conviction similar
to the man mentioned at the beginning of this
you have taken the next step to deriving
results from within.
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YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.