Yup, courage is an angel.
The Courage Angel makes the difference between a good business-life and a great business-life. Here’s the deal. Appropriate strategic behavior applied in just the right place, in spite of uncertainty and doubt and fear, is what it takes to go from an ordinary business to a DONE Business.
And that little Courage Angel is an amazing guy. He makes it possible for you to do the things that must be done, even though doing those things may sometimes make you feel uncomfortable. The Courage Angel helps you do them anyway… and that’s how you get all that you want out of life.
Who would not choose great over good, a DONE Business over an ordinary business?
Don’t we all want great? Yes we do.
Question is, how do we get that? Ah yes, how do we install more courage into our lives and into our business ventures in particular.
But before we can talk about that, we have to be clear about what we are talking about. Just exactly what is courage anyway?
Wikipedia says courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. That it is acting in spite of fear. Okay, I buy that, but where does courage come from? Well, it comes from within us, of course.
So again, how can we dig down inside of ourselves and act more courageously in life and in our business activities in particular? Where do we get the courage to go from good business to great business?
Four steps to greater courage and a greater business-life:
1. Think of The Results: Have a very clear picture in mind of what would happen if a particular act of courage you were contemplating were to actually be implemented. Think of the ultimate outcome. Would it be more money from your business activities? More time off? Greater self-fulfillment? Be specific.
2. Think of The Worst: We are often told not to think of the down side. This is ridiculous. Please carefully consider the consequences. What’s the worst can happen? You could lose everything. Go broke. Disappoint people who care about you. Now, use some common sense. Acting courageously does not equal acting stupidly. Being courageous means taking levelheaded action, following a decent plan, including all the necessary steps.
3. Think of What You Are Missing: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky, National Hockey League super star.
4. Just Do It: Is it time? If you decide it is, then go for it. Don’t let doubt talk you out of going for what you want.
The world belongs to those who reach out and grab it with both hands, to those who do something — rather than just wish, hope, pray and plan to do something someday, but only when the time is right. Those folks who are waiting, they’re probably not ever going to be happy.