Ways to get courageous with your career
Courage is one of the most necessary qualities you can have as a human being.
Courage helps you to achieve your goals and improve your life. It is the ability to act in spite of fear, and it is what allows you to take risks that will help you grow as an individual. Without courage, you would never be able to break out of old habits, take advantage of opportunities or overcome your fears and weaknesses. You would always stay where you are, unable to move forward or improve yourself because you were too afraid of taking chances and failing miserably.
Courage is necessary for all kinds of people:
- those who want to go back to school after being out of school for years
- those who want to start their own business
- those who want to quit their job and look for another one
- those who want to become artists
- those who want to quit smoking or drinking
- those who want better physical health through exercise or nutrition
- those who feel ready to retire
- those who want more spiritual growth through meditation or prayer
- those who want more family time by cutting back on work hours.
In short, courage allows us to confront our fears and challenges so that we can face whatever comes our way with confidence and strength. Without courage, you would never be able to reach for new heights or achieve any kind of success in life.
It is not easy to be courageous, but it is a skill you can learn and improve upon.
What courage means for your career
Being courageous in the workplace means that you can take risks, get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Being courageous will give you the strength and determination needed to keep going when things aren’t going well.
It will also allow you to stand up for yourself and others when necessary, without backing down from difficult situations. For example, if you have a problem at work, but you have the courage to bring it up with your boss, then you’ll be able to solve the problem and avoid future issues.
Similarly, if you’re afraid of speaking in public or doing something embarrassing, but you have the courage to go ahead and do those things anyway — even though they’re difficult — then you’ll be able to learn from them and not feel anxious next time.
For me, courage is about making my own path and not being afraid to get lost along the way. It’s about learning from my mistakes and picking myself up when I fall – literally or figuratively. But let’s admit it, sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if we’re being courageous or not.
In fact, it’s often easier to tell when we’re NOT being courageous — like when we let fear get in the way of our goals or refuse to open up about what makes us uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean courage has no place in our lives.
If you want to achieve success in any field, you need courage. Your career will take you into unfamiliar places and put you in situations in which your confidence may be shaken. You’ll have moments when others doubt your abilities or question your decisions.
As a certified coach with experience both building businesses from the ground up and running nonprofit organizations, here are some ways I’ve learned to be more courageous with my career.
So how do you get more courageous at work? Here are nine tips:
1. Identify your fears and what they are based on. If you don’t identify what’s holding you back from doing something, then how will you ever know what it is that needs to change? How will you get past it? When you understand the nature of your fears, you will be better equipped to deal with them head-on and find ways around them.
You can identify your fears by looking at situations in which you feel uncomfortable or anxious, and asking yourself what it is about these situations that makes them so difficult for you. Is it the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next? Is it the idea of being judged by others? Are there other factors at play? The more specific you can get when identifying your fears, the easier they’ll be to confront head-on.
2. Know what your values are, and stick to them. Courageous people believe in something, they have something they stand up for — they have a purpose or mission in life that makes them feel good about themselves and their actions each day.
If you have a hard time being courageous at work, take some time out of your day to reflect on what matters most to you personally and professionally. When difficult situations arise, you will remember what matters most to you and use that as fuel for action instead of fear or anxiety.
3. Get clear on what is important to you. You’ve got to know where you’re headed for this journey to have purpose and meaning. Think about how the world will look if your professional dreams come true. What would that look like? How would it feel? What kind of impact would it make on others? Write down a list of these things — whatever comes up first.
Take time to reflect on your goals, and why you want to achieve them. Ask yourself questions like “What do I want?” and “Why do I want that?” Write down what you want to do, and why it’s important for you to do it. This can help you focus on the big picture and remind yourself of what’s at stake — and that this is possible!
4. Identify the things that make you feel courageous. These are the things that give you confidence, even when things seem overwhelming or scary. The more you practice these things, the more confident they will make you feel.
5. Be honest with yourself. Let’s face it: We are human beings with weaknesses, just like everyone else has disadvantages. Once we accept our limitations (without beating ourselves up about them), we can start working on improving ourselves in those areas that need help. This step is where having courage comes into play because no matter how much effort we put into changing ourselves, some things will always remain a part of who we are as individuals — and that’s okay.
You will find yourself faced with many difficult situations in your career. It’s helpful to know that they’re not all going to be unique. Being honest means being open and transparent about what is happening inside your mind. It means having the guts to say out loud that something isn’t right without being ashamed or embarrassed by it.
When you’re feeling afraid or scared, it’s easy to pretend like everything is fine and that you don’t need help. But the truth is that we all need a little bit of help sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting it. It’s important to be honest about your fears and shortcomings in order to be courageous enough to ask for help. Find your courage by talking with a friend who inspires you and asking for advice about how they’d approach the situation.
6. Practice! You have to practice being courageous before it comes naturally to you. This means giving yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them. Practice putting yourself in uncomfortable situations or taking on tasks that seem impossible. With practice, you will become more confident and better able to handle any situation.
When we’re faced with a difficult situation at work (or anywhere else), we tend to freeze up or panic because we’ve never been in that situation before. The best way to get over this fear is by putting yourself in new situations over and over again until they aren’t scary anymore. Look for opportunities to take small steps toward courage, even if it seems like something “too big” for now (e.g., if there’s a project coming up that terrifies you, try breaking it down into smaller chunks)This helps me feel more confident in completing the task successfully.
7. Adjust course as needed. You’re going to be wrong. A lot. As you grow and evolve in your career, you’ll make plenty of mistakes. That’s okay! Mistakes are how we learn — and they’re often a necessary part of growth. So, if you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up about it or convince yourself that it’s something to hide from others. Instead, take time to understand what happened and how you might have handled things differently next time. Then move on with confidence and learn from your mistakes so that they turn into learning experiences rather than setbacks or roadblocks in your path toward success.
8. Take risks! Take action. Tell yourself, “I am going to do this,” and then do it! Don’t wait for others to get the ball rolling or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, take on all the responsibilities yourself. Instead, use your courage to initiate action by asking your boss or other key people what they think about trying something different in your work life that could help give you more freedom and satisfaction. What if you started small by just trying to get one person on board with your ideas?
Try new things, even if they don’t seem like they fit with your current career path or skill set — you never know where they’ll lead! Think about how you want to feel when you’re doing something courageous — and then take action!
If you tell yourself that something is going to be easy or hard before it happens, chances are good that it will end up being exactly what you thought it would be — whether that’s good or bad. Practice being courageous in small ways, such as saying “yes” to opportunities.
9. Practice self-compassion. Take a step back and think about whether or not you’re being hard on yourself for having these fears — and then try saying something nice about yourself instead.
Reflect and celebrate successes. There is nothing better for your career than to reflect on what you have achieved and celebrate it. Recognize that success is not a destination. It’s a journey. Don’t get caught up in comparing yourself with others, as this won’t help you grow or make you happier. Instead, celebrate your successes with friends and family (and maybe even treat yourself). Take pride in what you’ve done so far and set new goals based on those accomplishments.
Remember that courage is not the absence of fear — it’s the ability to push past your fears and face challenges head-on — even if those things are scary.