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Career Courage Challenge Day 10: Identify One Thing You Can’t Change

Career Courage Challenge Day 10

Welcome to Day 10 of our Career Courage Challenge. How’s it going so far? Tell me in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too.

Don’t forget– I’m taking the challenges along with you! Watch for my experiences in the Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 10: Identify One Thing You Can’t Change



 In yesterday’s challenge, you listed what’s not working about your work (Day 9).  Now, look at that list carefully.

What’s one thing you canNOT change?

Yes, it seems an odd exercise to identify things we can’t change, but recognizing what we can’t change helps us shift our energy toward the things we can change (watch for your future challenge to do just that). It lessens our frustration about some of the things not working because we recognize more clearly what we just have to accept, move on, and move past.

This challenge takes courage because we often don’t want to admit that some things just are what they are. We want other things to change.

But sometimes, the best solution may be that we’re the ones that have to change, and changing how we look at those frustrating things is a good place to start.


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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 10: Identify One Thing You Can’t Change”

  1. My turn at bat for this challenge! One thing I can’t change about what’s not working at work: only 24 hours in a day, and at least a few of them need to be spent sleeping (if I’m playing smart, at least 8). So I can’t do everything–need to be choosy and focus on what’s most important.

    What’s yours? Join me!