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Career Courage Challenge Day 12: Make Yourself Uncomfortable

Career Courage Challenge Day 12, Red Cape Revolution

On the 12th day of our Career Courage Challenge, let’s up the stakes. Today’s is well within your reach, but a little tougher than some of the others. Give it a try—that’s why you’re taking the challenges in the first place, right?

Tell me how it’s going in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too.  And remember, I’ve been taking the challenges along with you and writing my experiences in the Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 12: Make Yourself Uncomfortable



In yesterday’s challenge, you identified one thing you can change about your life at work. We never said it’d be easy, but you recognized there was something you CAN change.

Today, let’s do something about it. Take a step toward that change that makes you uncomfortable. Ask for something different from your boss. Send an email to start networking with a former colleague or friend-of-friend. Tell someone what you’re proud of doing. Stop doing something in your job that you don’t like or think adds no value to your organization.

What’s the brave thing you can do to today make yourself uncomfortable? The more we can get comfortable being uncomfortable, the more courage we can have for the big challenges to come in our career.

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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 12: Make Yourself Uncomfortable”

  1. Am making myself uncomfortable today by taking care of a handful of annoying small details that I often procrastinate. While they’re not necessarily risky, they do get me blocked and end up becoming bigger issues than they need to be. I really hate spending time on these items, but know that making myself uncomfortable and handling them actually frees up more of my time in the long run.
    How about you?