They Display Courage

Secrets of Successful People: They Display Courage (VIDEO)


Another video in my series about the secrets of successful people.

Summary

I think most of us have been conditioned to a variety of different inputs, whether that has been media, movies, whatever it is to think of courage as being that big dramatic display that involves guns blazing all over the place and lots of drama. In fact, courage for most of us is stepping out of our comfort zone and doesn't really require big dramatic action. It just involves moving the dialogue bit, moving the needle from where you are right now a little bit and then a little bit and then a little bit more.

Then when you start noticing that the needle has been moved 3 inches, it may through its designer for elasticity tried to yank you back. The goal here is to recognize that successful people display the courage of knowing the direction they want to go to and starting to take small incremental actions, instead of sitting there and waiting for events to dictate to them. They try to make the changes necessary.

Again, this doesn't require a lot of dramatic movement. It does require effort and evaluation to see whether this has moved the needle a little bit. You see, it's not just the one motion because if you think about the one movement in a new direction, invariably circumstances and the people, places and things around us are going to try to tug us back to where we were before. That's because they don't like us to change. They want the comfort of knowing how things are and will be.

Successful people do things differently. They often make small incremental change that, with time, become huge changes that catapult their lives in new directions. Let me use myself as an example.

I worked in one profession for a long long time and decided I was going to to go to graduate school to become a therapist in private practice. I was going for my Masters, and eventually I got it. I met my wife in graduate school and made a different decision. It was the right decision, too. Now, years later, I again decide to make a change and chose coaching as my model. I took the time and made the effort to learn the craft. I'm not going to say I'm as good as someone with 20 years of experience. I'm a darn good coach. It's the practice and the repetition and the learning that takes place over the course of time that allows someone to become different.

The same thing can happen for you, too. You can occur in your career like I've chosen to work on, or in some other aspect of your life. Weight loss with me has always been a challenge. Last August, I start the process of losing weight and have lost about 30 pounds and he has taken changes, effort, desire, and doing it over the course of time to make this change.

That's what I'm encouraging for you-- small changes that will move the dial over the course of time and allow you to become more effective and get more of the life that you want.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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Everyday Courage (VIDEO)


We have the idea that courage has to be big and dramatic. Every day courage can occur every day of our lives.

 

Summary

I wanted to talk with you today about courage and particularly everyday courage. Often people have this foolish notion that courage comes in big dramatic waves because they have seen movies or plays where there are moments in a person's life that are remarkably touching where they sacrifice so much by risking their lives, their families… Whatever the plot line is, we become addicted to this form of courage.

Courage has another definition. Courage has another definition that I will refer to as, "every day courage." This is the courage that says, "I'm stuck. I have to move from where I am now. I'm not happy. I need to make the change and extend myself out of the comfort zone."

That's the 1st step up – – extending yourself out of the comfort zone. Like a rubber band, it is elastic and, as that famous Godfather line says, "Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in." Often the real courage is when the elastic tries to suck you back into where you were. Often it's difficult to break free from where you've been to something new because everyone and everything around you is set up for you to be the way that you were.

So as someone said so wisely, environments will always win. So if you're someone enthusiastic and you are in a down depressing nasty environment, it's hard to be the way that you want to be because everything pushes you back to the way you were. I just use that as an example.

I think of every day courage as being steps that you can take to break free from your self-imposed limitations.

In the future, I will do videos about how to do this, but in the meantime, I just wanted to wake you up or alert you or remind you that there are opportunities in your day-to-day life to do something courageous and step away from the mundane and put conscious thought into making a new decision, getting support and, if for some reason, you struggle with keeping to it, getting help so that you don't fall back to where you were.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Game Hunter, Inc.

For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

Ready to schedule your first coaching call?

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