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History frequently glorifies the wrong individuals while overlooking the courageous acts of everyday people. Through intimidation, social, political and religious powerbrokers control perceptions and perpetuate the stories that serve their agendas. Few human beings have ever faced the level of intimidation (one of twelve obstacles to courageous leadership) that Dietrich Bonhoeffer faced in Nazi Germany. A German pastor and theologian, Dietrich was one of the first Germans to oppose Adolf Hitler during his rise to power, and he openly supported the Jews. His life exemplified deep-rooted courage in the face of social, political and religious intimidation. Instead of bowing to threats, he...
everyday rudeness
One of the frustrating experiences on my journey as a trail blazer in everyday courage and courageous leadership is that it’s so simple. Unfortunately, simplicity and leading a simple life are not deemed valuable assets. For example, civility is rarely witnessed. Just recently there was an article in The Denver Post sharing how the French were finally getting tired of being rude and being defined as a rude culture. Wow! When there’s a collective shift in consciousness and a declaration to change, courage actions are set in motion. In this case, research found that the French experienced a higher level of...

Looking to retire? New job? Want to transition to something new?  First, startpractice contemplation by asking yourself some good questions:

•  Do you seek security through an attachment to your home?

•  Your ethnic group? Your denomination? Your job title?

•  Do you have a staunch attachment to some belief that prevents you from manifesting your courage?

To recognize everyday courage, it helps to distinguish the various facets of courage. There is physical courage (the one our culture identifies with the most), political courage, leadershipcourage at work courage, moral courage, and personal courage, to name a few. Some of us manifest certain types of courage well but come up short in other areas. In this article, I will expand on the concept of spiritual courage, and how it works to become an inside job both at work and home.

facing reality and making change
Notice reality, choose and then act on your choices. When you begin to live in the present you can recognize when you are selling your soul. For example, people assume that finding a new job will be difficult, so they remain complacent, mistakenly believing—or simply hoping—that things will change. Yet, in reality, situations seldom change by themselves. To show courage, decide when it’s time to face the truth or prompt a change: then, be eager to discover the next opportunity. Facing the facts and taking action are required if you wish to change your life. You will discover that there is...

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