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Career Courage Challenge, Day 7: Just Breathe

Career Courage Challenge Day 7

Day 7, and we’re still going strong on our 30-Day Career Courage Challenge! Each day, I’m sharing a short challenge you can take to help build your courage and your career. Plus, I’m taking the challenges along with you—watch for my notes in the Comments, below,  as well as on Facebook and  LinkedIn, so chime in!


(For more on why we’re doing this Challenge, click here.) 

Career Courage Challenge, Day 7: Just Breathe



 With all the good work you’ve done this week taking these challenges as they come, you need a break. Today, your challenge is to take a moment and just breathe.

Don’t worry about all that’s undone. Don’t start cranking up for what’s ahead. Just for a moment, breathe in, and out. It takes a lot of courage to ignore all the noise, and to just appreciate the minute, the day, and yourself.

Want extra points? Tuck this one in your back pocket and pull it out again later in the week when you need it. You’ll be glad you did.

Take a breather with this short video here:

Don’t forget to share your experience with today’s Challenge in the Comments below! I’m sharing mine each day, too, so chime in.

Know someone who should take the challenge, too? Point them to to sign up and get each day’s challenges in their inbox!

Why a Career Courage Challenge?

Here at, we’ve focused on three main things that we all need to have to soar in our careers (things we’ve learned through our research and conversations with you):

  • Gaining Clarity: really seeing and understanding what’s unique and special about you; what your superpowers are and how you can bring them to work;
  • Building Confidence: feeling strong and sure about who you are, and what you’re doing now and in the future, and;
  • Taking Control: choosing to take action on the things you want and need in your work and life.

But in last year’s reader survey, I asked, “If you could take a superpill that would help you overcome your biggest challenge, what would that pill do?” here’s what you said:[blockquote]The pill would give me the words and courage to express to our executives how damaging these yo-yo initiatives are.

It would give me courage to ask for opportunities when I meet people.

Sometimes small setbacks throw me into doubt. The pill would make me believe in me first.[/blockquote]

So it sounds like there’s a new C emerging: courage. And I’m right there with you, because I’m seeking courage, too.

To play bigger. Serve you better. Impact more people like you. To make hard choices about who I want to be, where I want to be, how I want to spend more of my time and where I need to spend less.

That’s why I wanted to experiment with this free, 30-Day Career Courage Challenge. I’m going to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and I hope you’ll play along with me, too. I hope you’ll share your experiences in the Comments below, on Facebook or LinkedIn, or by email.

I can’t wait to grow my courage muscles with you.


2 responses to “Career Courage Challenge, Day 7: Just Breathe”

  1. I needed this today! Trying to fight off a sore throat and cold, so the reminder to have the guts to slow down and breathe was very welcome! Hope you enjoy this challenge, too.