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Identify Regret and Choose a New Response

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Courage is not something we stumble upon as we round the corner of the cubicle at the office, but a practical internal resource—a portfolio of personal assets that can bolster your position in defining moments.courage to become your true self

A woman I will call Emily, an art gallery owner, repeatedly relied on courage in her work. She moved from Colorado to California and back again in her quest for professional satisfaction. Recognizing the potential for failure, she remained true to her essence and refused to settle for less. Emily wielded courage action skills to forge her niche in the art world in spite of significant obstacles. She placed her commitment to the work she loved at the very center of her being.

Courage dictates that you love your work or you change it. This is what moves you through the mirage of mirrors. A great life has meaning. Emily lives a meaningful life because she has claimed the courage necessary to pursue meaningful work in spite of discouraging impediments.

As you learn to find courage in ordinary life, figure out what triggers the habitual behaviors of your old scripts and look for a matching regret. Identifying the underlying regret empowers you to choose a new response that leads to a more meaningful, fulfilling life. Mary Oliver says in her poem “When Death Comes,” “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

Are you a participant in your life or just an actor in a minor role? Are you tortured by regrets? David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. writes in The Eye of the I: “We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become.”

Photo: Painted Hall of Mirrors series by Amanda Clyne

Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expertand innovator ofStuckThinking™. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. She found that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient.

She is the internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman, the follow-up book The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women (formerlySTUCK) and FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond. All three books are on based 20 years of original courage research.

Sandra is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI® and she is a Newfield Network coach. Please visitwww.sandrawalston.com.

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Sandra Ford Walston, The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™, is an international speaker and author, human potential consultant, corporate trainer and certified coach. Sandra’s expertise allows her to focus on the tricks and traps of the human condition through recognizing and interpreting courage behaviors and courageous leadership styles.


 


Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra also provides skills-based programs for some of the most respected public and private blue-chip businesses and organizations in the world, such as IBM, Caterpillar, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, Hensel Phelps, Wide Open West, Agrium, Inc., Virginia Commonwealth University, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, Procter and Gamble, Hitachi Consulting, US Bank, Healthcare Association of New York State, Institute of Management Accountants, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society.


 


The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman and an honored author selected for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage.


 


The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women, Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE, is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions at work. Her third book, FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life. Sandra is published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, HR Matters, Malaysia, and Strategic Finance.


 


Sandra is a certified Newfield Network coach and certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® along with the Enneagram. She also instructs at the University of Denver.


 


She can be reached at www.sandrawalston.com where she posts a courage blog and courage newsletter.

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