Press On!!

One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” When I try something new, step out of my comfort zone, and begin to feel those anxious butterflies, I remind myself to expect that feeling of fear and to press forward. And then something amazing happens: I’m often able to conquer that fear and become successful. I then remind myself, “Nelson Mandela would be proud of me.”

Today, I’d like to share with you The 10 Commandments of Leadership’s seventh leadership commandment: Confront Challenges with Courage. It is my hope that today’s excerpt will inspire you to press on and have courage so that you, too, can be successful in whatever tasks await you today.

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from The 10 Commandments of Leadership by Eric Harvey & Steve Ventura
Perhaps the best way to understand courage is to define its opposite state. Many would suggest the antithesis of courage is “cowardliness” … avoiding or succumbing to pressure, difficulty, and danger. Others would say “fear” … being afraid to do the right thing when the going gets tough. And there are those who would offer “conformity” … letting things continue the way they are because of the high price associated with changing them all. All of those definitions are valid and appropriate.As a leader, you need courage to do what is expected of you … to do what you’re there to do. You will encounter coworkers who believe your actions are wrong — even when you’re thoroughly convinced that you’re right. There will be situations that tempt you to take an easier and less resistant path. And there will be people who — either unintentionally or purposefully — create obstacles that will challenge your tenacity and resolve.

Even the very best leaders must occasionally pass the courage test. The true measure of your leadership effectiveness is the ability to look in the mirror and know that you had the strength and courage to do what, deep down inside, you knew was the right thing to do. And it’s that very fact that leads to the seventh leadership commandment: Confront Challenges with Courage.

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The 10 Commandments of Leadership

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