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Techniques to “Start Being” Courageous

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Want to be happier and more successful? First, it starts with being courageous. We're not talking about jumping from high buildings like Superman. We're talking about making smart choices and supporting yourself with self management techniques and good friends.courageous conversations

Here are some discussion points and action items you can do alone or with friends: 

Start Being

• Start saying: “I declare my intention to be courageous,” then you will exhibit your personal courage.

• Start being one hundred percent accountable for how you design your life.

• Start perceiving yourself as courageous.

• Start changing the way you organize your time.

• Start something that supports you to look deeply at your obstacles, patterns and scripts.

• Start reflecting on the times you found courage inside yourself (that you didn’t know you had).

• Start adding some stress management practices.

• Start acquiring wisdom (cease ignorance to courage).

• Start confessing your downside, shortcomings, mishaps or missteps.

• Start attacking the roots of your personal limitations.

• Start making critical decisions that perpetuate change.

• Start directing the patterns that govern your beliefs.

• Start eliminating the stories that shape and limit your perceptions.

• Start inviting self-observation (to seek a new level of courage consciousness).

• Start invoking your own courage imagery.

• Start bringing forth your true essence.

• Start focusing on your potential.

• Start monitoring the “courage signals” that move you up the leadership ladder (these represent your courage quotient).

• Start aligning your personality with courage.

• Start watching for what holds you back.

• Start developing a new and refined image that depicts courage.

• Start finding inner essence by eliminating hypocrisy.

• Start surrounding yourself with people that support you to slow down and change.

• Start moving more quickly from StuckThinking™.

• Start daily introspection to stimulate self-analysis.

• Start being the maker of your destiny (open to intuition).

• Start detaching from results (expectations).

• Start letting go of missteps (and start being a participant in life).

• Start to identify the major turning points in your career.

• Start defining your ideology.

• Start practicing “where courage meets grace.”

• Start being more approachable (make people more at ease).

• Start a habit that calms (centers) you.

• Start noticing how frequently you live in joy.

• Start taking charge of your career fate.

• Start discovering what provides you with equanimity (slowing is not synonymous with nonproductive). In other words, what is your stillness choice?

• Start standing in your courage in spite of the circumstances.

• Start reading an autobiography of a courageous woman.

• Start practicing courageous will with intent so you can upgrade your learning.

• Start finding your spiritual truth.

• Start being harmonious with your life and environment.

• Start inviting the essence of wonderment into your day.

• Start surrendering to ways to reevaluate your life (seek new ideas).

• Start learning how to become indifferent to outcomes.

• Start increasing your actions that show gratitude.

• Start asking heartfelt questions, and then ask again until you discover your truth.

• Start moving your standards of success to a higher level.

• Start reviewing your angles of self-deception.

• Start simplifying your life.

• Start watching for the “first red flag.”

• Start stepping into the unknown (trying something new).

• Start living more in the “yes mode” of courage.

• Start admitting inner fears (be human).

• Start displaying vulnerability without wobbling.

Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™. She is an organizational effectiveness consultant, speaker, trainer and courage coach. She is the internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman (2001), the follow-up book STUCK 12 Steps Up the Leadership Ladder (2010) and the recently released FACE IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job (2011). She is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI®. Please visit

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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 where she posts a courage blog and courage newsletter.

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