by Sandra Ford Walston
Courageousness isn’t just about bold action. It’s about what you do when you’ve been passed over for a promotion or you’re told you’re “too” …strong…bright…aggressive.. (pick the word.)
Women face this all the time. Courageous women restructure their goals, take charge and manifest a new vision. Whammo! They reinvent themselves one more time. Settling is not an option. They know courage is an inside job, and “managing up” is the key to stepping up and taking control.
“She who hesitates before each step spends her life on one leg.” Ancient Chinese Proverb ( “He” changed to “She”).
Courageous women face uncertainty head on. Feeling discouraged is unacceptable. When someone tries to undermine their purpose with the “too syndrome, ” they reclaim their long dormant feminine energy of courage, operating from the strength of the heart. Courage becomes their chief ally to face the challenges.
Courageous women recognize defining moments as they happen. Being a martyr to keep peace or maintain status quo is intolerable. These attitudes stifle courage. These women are proud of their authenticity when they are effective and forthright. They are eager to discover the next opportunity. They find themselves constantly asking, “What if I had unlimited courage?”
Courageous women recognize and subscribe to the behaviors of courage. “Know thyself” becomes the mantra that lights their path. They become role models to imprint courage for other women. Their unsung stories of courage are proudly declared so all women can stand in the celebration. This flowing reservoir of courage is then passed on to their daughters, nieces and the girl next door.
Courageous women “turn up” the quantity of courage—it’s the virtue they already possess! They look into their hearts and realize their life’s purpose. They use daily the language of courage such as declaring a courageous intention. They know their words describe their reality. They recognize that there is a direct correlation between their success quotient and their courage quotient.
Courageous women know courage is about their make-up—that it is a fundamental part of their nature. They are free to act through the portal of their hearts. Such actions embody the original definition of courage meaning, “heart and spirit.”
Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert. She is a speaker and coach who has written numerous books including COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman, the follow-up book The COURAGE Difference at Work:: A Unique Success Guide for Women and non-gender FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond.