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Career Courage Challenge Day 21: Listen to Your Gut

Career Courage Challenge Day 21

It’s Day 21 of our Career Courage Challenge. We’re in the homestretch! Tell us about your own courage 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 21:

Listen to Your Gut



As a busy professional, you have a million different sources for information and advice.

TV. Radio. Facebook. Blogs. Magazines, newspapers, and even other people.

But when you really need good information, the kind that helps you make smart, big-picture decisions, you need to listen to the best source: YOU.

But that can be confusing, too. Because our heads might say one thing, the logical thing, the expected thing. That’s what our heads do.

But our heads aren’t always right.

And our hearts can say something else. But our hearts, alas, also aren’t always the perfect influencers, as anyone whose heart’s been broken knows.

Today, let’s grow our courage by taking a minute to listen to our gut instead. Yes, our gut.

That point deep inside you, often around your belly button, that sends you signals about what feels right to you, even if you can’t make sense of it yet in your head.

Scientists have discovered more than 100 million neurons in our digestive systems, creating a powerful information stream, if we’re only tuned-in enough to hear it.

What’s your gut saying right now? Listen to my short guided audio and see.


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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.