I want to talk about courage and what it means to me. Over the last few weeks, many people in my circle have told me they thought I was courageous. Me. François... courageous. Okay?!
Well, courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to try something new or challenging despite the fear. Courage is to be willing to try. And, that I can do. I mean, look at my blog here. I'm not on Social Media, I didn't know how to buy a domain, let alone create a website (and a newsletter). But, I'm willing to try, even if the project is, well, very public.
I think courage is important because it helps us grow and learn from our experiences. It also helps us overcome obstacles and achieve our goals. Courage is not something that we are born with, but something that we can develop and practice every day.
Some examples of courageous behaviours
- Speaking up for what you believe in,
- asking for help when you need it,
- admitting your mistakes and apologizing,
- trying a new hobby or skill, or
- learning how to support others as an executive coach (haha).
These are just some of the ways that we can show courage in our daily lives. As a top performer, it's hard to be "green" at something and it takes courage to accept that. I hope my reflection on courage inspires you to be more willing to try new things. Remember, courage is not something that you have or don't have, but something that you do or don't do.