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Career Courage Challenge Day 17: Admit Your Best Excuses

Career Courage Challenge Day 17

We are on Day 17 of our Career Courage Challenge, and this week has been a rich one! I hope you’re discovering more courage each and every day through these simple steps.  Love it when you share in email or 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–just check out the Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 17: Admit Your Best Excuses



In yesterday’s challenge,  we noticed where we’re already brave. Give yourself a pat on the back for finding those. I hope you saw more places where you’re using your courage than you ever realized. 

Today, let’s dive into one of the biggest things that get in the way of being brave.

It’s our excuses. And I know you have some. Me too.

It’s easy for our excuses to become such a part of us that we forget the simple truth:

They’re just made up. We start to believe they’re real.

Excuses like “I have no time.” Or  “It’s not my role to get involved.” Or “I’m not sure what to do.”

What would happen if you just admitted that some of your excuses are just that—excuses? That they aren’t real? That they’re just a roadblock, and that you can make a different choice?

Just for today, let’s admit to our best excuses, and recognize they’re not really real. For some prompts as to what you might be using as an excuse, watch my video below.


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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 17: Admit Your Best Excuses”

  1. My biggest excuse is typically “I don’t have enough time.” When I look at it with courage, I recognize that it’s really a lie–I have as much time as everyone else, as long as God keeps me here on this earth! I have to remember when I feel time crunched that it’s just an excuse, likely one for not making a tough enough decision about what’s most important at that very moment.

    What’s the excuse you’re using?