Courage

Vision Statement:
Never back down from a challenge; find the strength to soar.

First Pass – Write down the first thought that comes to mind.

Thought Question

What holds you back from accomplishing your goals?

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Review

Life is challenging and we fully anticipate that from time to time life is going to drag us along for the ride. And while we are screaming for help or dropping our jaws in wonder, we will suck in more rocks than we can handle.

There are three keys points to remember when the road seems straight uphill:

  1. Don’t let the little rocks of life scare you. Remember, it’s just gravel and it will pass.
  2. At the end of each day drop all the rocks you have accumulated. Rocks are judgments, fears, and worries. There is really not a good reason to carry them with you.
  3. Don’t take it personally when others try to burden you with rocks. Offer compassion and understanding. Remain focused on the bigger picture of achieving your personal and team goals.

Developing Your Own Authentic Brand of Courage

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed ~ Michael Jordan

Self-Paced Learning Exercise

This exercise in courage is designed to build on small, incremental successes until things that once seemed impossible become easy.

The objective is to bring the things you know to be true, your true self, and your behavior into alignment. We call this exercise strengthening our backbones.

Select one role or area of your life, like your occupation, family relationships, or spirituality.

List a few things in that role or area in which you believe that you have conviction, that you know to be true or right.

Circle the ones toward which you feel you always demonstrate true courage (i.e., you stand up for them, even though sometimes it is difficult).

Next, identify one thing in each area you already listed that you know is true or right where you sometimes or rarely show courage.

Identify the opposition or consequences that keep you from demonstrating courage.

Create a plan to help yourself change this dynamic. Have a friend help you do it, or take a small step first, so the remaining distance becomes a little easier. Then follow through with your plan. Once you have conquered your easiest thing, find the next easiest thing to work on.

Create a plan and follow through. As you do this, you will become stronger with each small step and each small success until things that once seemed impossible seem surprisingly doable.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Second Pass – Write down the first thought that comes to mind.

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Getting the Most Out of This program

The theme of this training program was inspired by a quote from Nelson Mandela. Keep it in mind as you make your way through the exercises.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

Learn to appreciate and respect the life that is uniquely yours and continue to develop and grow each day by remaining open to new possibilities.

The 7 Pathways Pre-Assessment and Post Reviews Exercises

We have included a pre- and post-assessment for each respective pathway:

  1. Read the corresponding chapter in The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning.
  2. Write down the first thought that comes to mind when you read the vision statement for each pathway found on the website.
  3. Complete the exercises included for each of the 7NNs.
  4. Return here and once again write out the first thought that comes to mind.
  5. Discover how far you have come and chart another course for future growth and development.
  6. With the newfound knowledge, complete the thought question.

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