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Career Courage Challenge, Day 27: Make a Contingency Plan

Career Courage Challenge Day 27

Welcome to Day 27 of your Career Courage Challenge. Tell us what’s happening as you take the challenges by email or writing 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 27:

Make a Contingency Plan



Let’s face it. Having courage doesn’t ensure that everything will always go perfectly.

In fact, it takes courage to try new actions knowing they won’t be perfect.

So as people of courage, we need to plan on what we’ll do when things go wrong. Because we know they will.

It takes courage to admit that the thing we’re attempting may fail. It takes courage to even let ourselves think about what will happen at that point.

Putting a net in place doesn’t mean the tightrope walk is less courageous. Get your contingency plan in order, and let it feed your courage.

Click here to download my free planning tool, “What’s Your Contingency Plan?”

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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.

One response to “Career Courage Challenge, Day 27: Make a Contingency Plan”

  1. For me, the hardest part about having a contingency plan is accepting that something can go wrong in the first place. By the time I make a decision, I often believe I have worked out all the kinks. But this exercise made me stop and think through the backup plans in more detail, and actually helped me move forward with an idea faster because I didn’t need to have it all perfect.