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Career Courage Challenge Day 11: Identify One Thing You Can Change

Career Courage Challenge Day 11, Red Cape Revolution

Welcome to Day 11 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.

I’ve been taking the challenges along with you, too! Watch for my experiences in the Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 11: Identify One Thing You Can Change



In yesterday’s challenge, we took an unusual step by identifying one thing (at least one thing) you canNOT change. 

It took courage to call this one out, and to stop worrying about it. Now comes the fun part–what CAN you change? In today’s challenge, I want you to find just one thing.

Go back to that brave, honest list you made on Day 9–what’s not working about your work. Start there by picking one thing. But it doesn’t have to be a big thing. It doesn’t have to be your whole job, your profession, or even your employer. It can be just one teeny element that affects your life at work.

At this point, don’t worry HOW you’d change it or WHEN you’d change it. Just focus on the fact that you CAN change it. Recognizing that simple fact is a big, courageous step in itself.



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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.