by Sandra Ford Walston
Every obstacle you face at work represents a potential career-defining moment. Your character may be tested. You can choose to step up to the next rung on the ladder or,
lacking sufficient courage, slip back down. By simply recognizing these workplace obstacles as defining moments (things like failing to get an overdue promotion, or enduring verbal intimidation) you begin to rely on your personal, courage-based assets.
Unfortunately, many people miss the opportunity of overcoming workplace obstacles by responding consciously or unconsciously with self-defeat. They may perceive these potentially defining moments as just “part of the job,” or they may feel that in some way they deserve unfair treatment. If they take on the role of martyr or victim in order to “keep the peace,” their true heart-and-spirit Self is further stifled.
Frequently questioning your status quo moves you from the dominant “mind-will” that produces StuckThinking™ to the “heartfelt will” of everyday courage. Heartfelt will express itself by confronting uncomfortable truths where mind-will rationalizes in order to avoid confrontations.
If you have difficulty recognizing the defining moments in your own workday, ask yourself which events make you upset, angry, conflicted, uncomfortable, embarrassed or acquiescent. Identifying these events will point you to the obstacles upon which you will want to focus your emerging courage energy.
W. Edwards Deming said, “Nothing happens without personal transformation.” By realizing which specific obstacles challenge your effectiveness at work and then acknowledging the scripted pattern that keeps you stuck, you are well on your way to conquering StuckThinking™ and reclaiming your everyday courage.
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Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. She found that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient.
She is the internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman, the follow-up book The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women (formerlySTUCK) and FACE IT! All three books are on based 20 years of original courage research.
Sandra is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI® and she is a Newfield Network coach. Please visit www.sandrawalston.com. Watch this YouTube:Courageous Leadership. Follow me on Twitter@courageexpert and Facebook
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