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Career Courage Challenge Day 22: Meet Your Career Fear

Career Courage Challenge Day 22, Red Cape Revolution

You’ve arrived at Day 22 of our Career Courage Challenge. The month is moving by, and your courage is growing by the day! Tell us how you’re doing 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 22:

Meet Your Career Fear



 On Day 15, you started to get clear on what you want career courage for. Remember that thing now.

So what’s getting in the way? Chances are, it’s just fear.

For today’s challenge, let’s meet your career fear.

Say howdy. Shake its hand.

Give it a name. Call it for what it is. Don’t make excuses or apologies. Don’t think less of yourself because you have this fear, whatever it may be.

Getting clear on the fear, no matter how silly or uncomfortable it feels, will help you recognize it so you can put it aside and move forward, faster.

Watch my short video for more (2 min, 21 sec):

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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 22: Meet Your Career Fear”

  1. While tackling this challenge, I had one of those “did I really ask for this?” moments. And yes, I guess I did. If I had to name my career fear, it’d be More Than I Can Handle. I’ve discovered I’m afraid of taking on too much, or wanting too much, and losing my ability to manage it all with grace and ease. But I don’t want the fear of More Than I Can Handle to get in my way, especially since I always want the universe and the great companies and people I know I can serve to be inviting me to do more, take on more, be more. So let’s put you in your place, MTICH (which almost sounds like a real name, right?). What’s the name of YOUR career fear?