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Career Courage Challenge Day 9: List What’s Not Working About Your Work

Career Courage Challenge Day 9, Red Cape Revolution

It’s Day 9 of our Career Courage Challenge. Are you feeling braver? Let’s keep the momentum going in today’s challenge. Keep adding your own experiences and ideas in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too.

Each day, I’m taking the challenges along with you–watch for my experiences in the Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 9: List What’s Not Working About Your Work



For some of us, admitting what’s not working takes guts.

I struggled with this for years. My optimistic self worked hard to focus on all that was right (and there was lots), but didn’t want to see the truth about what wasn’t working.

(For some, all they can see is what’s not working. If that’s you, go back to Challenge 8.)

But until I got clear about what wasn’t working, I couldn’t put a plan in place to change it. And to my surprise, it didn’t mean I had to change everything in my life that was working in order to fix what wasn’t.

Today, use the courage to list what’s not working about your work. Don’t try to do anythwhat's not working in your work (worksheet)ing about it yet–just get it down on paper. That’s gutsy enough for one day.





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.


3 responses to “Career Courage Challenge Day 9: List What’s Not Working About Your Work”

  1. For me, what’s not working is that I’m spread too thin and avoiding focusing in on the one or two most important things where I can make a difference. I get a little too caught up in side projects and new ideas, instead of following through and executing consistently on all the old ideas I know work! How about you? What’s not working for you?