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Career Courage Challenge Day 20: Plan Your Own Retreat

Career Courage Challenge Day 20

Welcome to the 20th day of your Career Courage Challenge. Congratulations on getting this far! Love to hear your experiences with the challenges in email or in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too. I’ve been taking the challenges along with you–read my notes in each day’s Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 20:

Plan Your Own Retreat


Maybe you think you have to be a big executive to have your own leadership and career retreat.

Maybe you think you have to go to a five-star resort, or Richard Branson’s private island (oo-la-la).

Naw. Retreats are good career strategies for everyone. Taking time for yourself can help clear away the everyday clutter and help you refocus on what’s most important to you.

But they take courage to commit to, plan for, and participate fully in. And you can do it.

Today, do some dreaming and scheming about yours. Get it booked on your calendar.

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Click here to download your personal career retreat planner

Start some simple planning. Maybe you can’t spend a full day. But how about an hour or two before

work? What’s on your agenda? What ideas or questions need tending? And can you do it alone, or do you need a friend, partner, or coach?

Our downloadable planner helps you walk through the big decisions. Get your retreat planned, and keep your career growth going all year long!


Share the Career Courage Challenge with friends & colleagues!

If you’d like more courage in your career and life, there’s still time to join us for the Career Courage Challenge throughout June. Click here to sign up and get the challenges directly in your inbox. They’re free, fast, fun, and may give you just the boost to bring your superpowers to work.

Join the Career Courage Challenge here!

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 20: Plan Your Own Retreat”

  1. I’m giving myself a mini-retreat in July, prior to a stretch of travel for speaking and onsite client team coaching. I’ve decided I don’t have to go far, but just have to get out of my day-to-day office space. Working on the questions to cover in that retreat right now. How about you? Will you plan your own career retreat?