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7th April 2021

How do you describe yourself on your CV? Resilient? Enthusiastic? Bold? Confident? Courageous?

Your CV sells you as a person. If you were a product, your CV would be your label. You are your own product, looking for a company to buy into you as an individual. You are on the shelf waiting to be picked, to be noticed. So, what’s going to make you stand out?

Think of your chosen personality traits. Do you display these in all realms of life? Do you walk down the street with confidence? Are you enthusiastic and passionate? Do you believe in yourself? If not, WHY not?

In this week’s post, we want to discuss having courage during interviews and whilst in the workplace. Not only does this refer to being brave and persevering but it reiterates our recent posts about believing in yourself and reaching success. To reach your goals, you must push yourself. And to push yourself, you need courage.

Remember the lion from the Wizard of Oz? Where would he be without his courage?

Courage is defined as the ability and willingness to confront fear, uncertainty, intimidation, or [regarding the workplace] difficulty on the job.

To be the best that you can be in the workplace, you need three main attributes: focus, courage, and resilience. But first and foremost, courage. As the late and great Maya Angelou once said, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

When it comes to interviews, do not be afraid. They shouldn’t change how you feel about yourself. You have been chosen to do the interview for a reason: you are a good fit, you have great qualities, they like the sound of you and you stand out. So, convey this in your interview. Instead of viewing it as you needing to impress them, allow yourself to believe this person already wants you and you are explaining to them why they need you. Be prepared and be confident; make yourself easy to engage with. If you make it easy for them to say yes to you, you’ve won! Just remember to smile, sit tall, maintain eye contact and most importantly, be yourself.

It is important to know what you want to do and what you want to achieve, but it’s even better to have the ability to step out of your comfort zone and do it. Whether you’re taking a step in your business, leaving a comfortable job role to start a new career elsewhere, working towards a promotion, or, just doing something you never thought you’d ever do, have courage within yourself. Believe you can and you will! Face your adversaries and challenges even if they scare you. Just this once, do something dangerous. Take your goal in the palm of your hand and eat it for breakfast. Own. Your. Goal.

If you feel as though you are stuck in outdated modes of operation or you are struggling to climb your ladder of success, you need courage. This doesn’t mean you need to do something heroic or brave to showcase extraordinary capabilities but rather, it refers to the ability and willingness to confront fear and uncertainty by having in-depth knowledge of your own belief, liberation, and insight. Comfortability is the enemy of progress and if you push yourself, you will reap the rewards.

In the world of business, it can be a common misunderstanding that issues can only be solved by working hard, working late and long hours, and taking additional responsibilities. Working smart is better and that is where courage is required. Courage also refers to the art of saying “no” so that you can say “yes” to something that will benefit you and your goal. It can be difficult to turn something or someone down, but if saying no means that it will result in you being better, have the courage to say no. Think about the effects your choices will have long-term.


So, what will you do as your first step of courage?


Insight without action is nothing. It’s time to act!

Are you instilled with fear? GOOD! Fear is energy, it is gives you a natural sense of empowerment. Fear isn’t meant to feel great but what it does do is pushes us towards two different paths: 1) our comfort zone and 2) achieving our goals. In this moment, you have the decision to choose settling back into your comfort zone or pushing yourself that little further and reaching the goal you want. You know you want it, so what’s stopping you from getting it?

If it’s comfortable and calm, challenge it. Cause chaos! From chaos comes order, right?


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