Relax! I’m not calling you a coward…yet. I am simply asking you to take a moment to evaluate the extent to which courage and fear each influence the way you live and work. I am not here to judge, just to ask tough questions: “What are you afraid of?” “What is the most courageous thing you have done or decision you have made in the last twelve months?” “What is a courageous decision you need to make but haven’t?” and “How much are you willing to lose to do the right thing?” I will leave the judging in your capable hands.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines courage as “the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.”

Some say you either have it, or you don’t. I suppose that’s true for a single moment in time, but overall, courage can be developed (and it should be.)

I am very excited that the new book on courage, “Leadership Isn’t For Cowards” comes out this month. I invite you to order a copy from your favorite source.

1. Clearly identify your core values.
2. Evaluate the extent to which you are living in alignment with them.
3. Determine if there are areas where you need to be clearer and more direct in communicating and demonstrating those values to those you influence.
4. Commit to having two conversations in the next week about the implementation and application of those values.
5. Identify an area of your life where you are playing it too safe and make a bold, intelligent play.