You might ask, what is a Courage Coach exactly?
Whenever I talked with my clients, regardless of their industry or title, the topic of courage always came up. Some were just staring out, some were reaching for big goals, others were in the midst of juggling it all, and a few had reached their pinnacle and were looking at what was next. Technical skills, expertise, good relationships and connections all count for a lot, but when you are not certain and everyone is relying on you to be certain you have to dig down deep and figure out the right thing to do. How do you trust your instincts, show up as your authentic self and stay the course?
It takes courage.
I know because I’ve lived it. For a decade I’d worked as an attorney, growing to a senior position at a Fortune 500 company. While it brought many rewards, I began to hear a calling toward other work that became too loud to ignore.
But making that change would be a big one. Leaving the practice of law was a leap of faith. As I embarked on an entirely new path into uncharted territories with no map, I set up my first email as Courage to be a grounding reminder. It represented what I was doing – leaving behind a secure position that was financially rewarding, in a role that garnered respect, to follow goals and dreams with no net. In addition, there was the unexpected hurdle that not everyone understood why I left. There was a lot of pressure to go back to being an attorney, so not only starting something new but staying on that road took a lot of courage.
When you think of the word courage, it may conjur up a warrior on a horse with armor, riding on the front lines into battle. But when it comes to your unique personal situation, courage can display in a variety of ways, and not all are obvious.
What’s your brand of courage?
- Bold —You can be very much out there, visible, lobbying, breaking down walls.
- Quiet —Slow and steady, you take deliberate steps , not ruffling feathers but steadfast.
- Resolute —You may have the ability toto inspire people around you to follow the course to accomplish what you want and how.
- Tentative — In in the face of uncertainty, you feel the fear and do it anyway
Regardless, in the span of your career and your life you will have to make tough decisions. It takes a lot of courage to stay the course – especially if some may disagree or discourage you.
Where you see challenges, I offer solutions to those challenges. I’ve walked that path less traveled. I now want to help you do it!