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Career Courage Challenge Day 13: Stop Doing Something

Career Courage Challenge Day 13, Red Cape Revolution

It’s the lucky 13th day of of our Career Courage Challenge! You’re doing great! Love to hear how it’s going for you 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 13: Stop Doing Something



You’ve been going strong for a while now, taking challenge after challenge. Most of them ask you to do more, to do something.

Not this one.

Now, it’s time to take a deep breath and decide to stop doing something. Yes, you heard me right. Stop doing something.

Pick something that isn’t part of your superpowers. Something that drags you down rather than lifting you up. Something that might be better delegated, or even deleted, from your to-do-list.

(Get ideas from my video below.)

It definitely takes courage to stop doing something that you’ve always done (or have always felt you needed to do.) But what if you stopped? What would (or wouldn’t happen)? And would it matter–or did it ever?

WATCH: 13 Things to Stop Doing Now

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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.


One response to “Career Courage Challenge Day 13: Stop Doing Something”

  1. For this challenge, I’m stopping participating in a weekly only forum I often felt I needed to be “seen” in. If I’m missed, I’m missed, but I’ve been only half-heartedly present and will feel more respectful to the leaders and to myself if I just stop attending.

    How about you? What will you stop?