Choosing Courage Over Comfort


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Comfort feels good, but courage contributes to greatness.


Opportunities to lean in and be courageous unfold daily.

How often were you aware there was something important to share with another, but instead you stepped back and brushed it aside?

You found yourself internally upset by a situation, but rather than discussing it, you avoided the conversation.

Courage is an attribute that makes the difference between good and great.

These are the everyday openings to choose courage over comfort, to lean into those moments that matter and often create growth for others.


What gets in the way? It’s different for each of us, but common refrains are “it didn’t seem that important,” “it didn’t feel like the right time,” “I didn’t want to offend,” or “I find it too uncomfortable.”

We’re able to summon the courageous path rather than resting in that old comfort zone!

Three practices of courage:

Bring Heart to Your Courage

When we bring heart into a courageous conversation, we create psychological safety.

When we can link courage with heart, we make it easier to deliver our message and more likely to be heard and understood by another.

Bring Courage to Your Own Life

Set a goal that will deepen your capacity as a leader.

Something small, yet important in your daily routines. Hold yourself accountable, ask for feedback and support from your peers and have compassion for yourself when you go off the rails.

Count Your Courageous Acts

Spend the next ten days tracking small acts of courage and notice the impact those moments created for you and others. Chances are you’ll begin to notice what a difference a little more courage creates!

How might you practice courage while interacting with others?

Pam explores the courage to notice: (3:56 on YouTube)

Pamela McLean, PhD is a master coach, clinical and organizational psychologist, CEO and co-founder of the Hudson Institute on Coaching. Her latest book, Self as Coach, Self as Leader is available now.

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