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Career Courage Challenge Day 23: Decide What to Do When Fear Hits

Career Courage Challenge Day 23

It’s our Day 23 Career Courage Challenge, and we always want to know how they’re working for YOU! Email us or write 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 23:

Decide What to Do When Fear Hits



In yesterday’s challenge, you met your career fear.  Gave it a name. Looked it in the eye.

Today, we need to decide what to do about it.

But not everything. Just one thing.

What’s the first thing we do when that fear hits? What’s the first action we’ll start training ourselves to take when that fear starts to sneak up on us?

When you decide in advance on the action, you take away the power of the fear. You have a tool to use so that the fear doesn’t spiral out of control and stop you from doing the things you want –and need—to do.

Because isn’t that why you’ve built career courage, anyway?

For more, watch my short video  (2 min, 51 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 23: Decide What to Do When Fear Hits”

  1. My action when fear its is to GET OUT! Take a walk, change my physical energy, go to the beach (remembering that I’m lucky enough to live near one). I can get too stuck in my own fears and keep trying to swirl it around in my brain for a solution. My action needs to be just to leave it be, to move, and to change the dynamic so I can get clear again on what’s most important. Hold me to it! What’s yours?