Volume 6, Issue 8

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

October 2008

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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The RDW Group, Inc.
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Cary , NC 27519

October 2008

Where Do You Find Your Courage?   

I 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 skills.  It 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. 

Those 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:

From where will you get your courage?

Courage is defined in Webster’s dictionary as: mental or moral strength to venture, preserve and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. 

When the world gets “tough” we humans have a multitude of personal reactions, some of which may include:

  • “It’s not my fault.”  Playing the blame game – rather than take personal responsibility, we find someone or something else to blame.
  • “It’s not fair.”  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.
  • “It 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 doesn’t matter.

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 newsletter.  

Congratulations, you have taken the next step to deriving results from within.

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