Courage is often potrayed in movies as acts of heroism. When actors rescue someone inside a burning house or even when superheroes overcome their weakness to defeat an enemy who is about to wipe out the entire human race. As entertaining it is to watch, it still is pure fiction. But if we look back in our own lives, we can actually become courageous in the real world by finding ways to tap into our inner courage to overcome our daily obstacles in life. If you’re already employed now, look back during that time when you started looking for your first job. You probably felt fear at some point when you first attended your job interview. But you needed courage to pursue your job applications so YOU found a way to tap into it. It wasn’t easy to compete and undergo job interviews especially if you had panel interviews. You will not be in your current state in life right now if you were not courageous after all.
It takes a great deal of courage to become someone you wish to be.
Although talking to people about your achievements, past work experiences, personal and professional goals may be easy for some- it is challenging for many. If you’re naturally shy and reserved about your plans and goals, you will need to open up during the interview to talk about your experiences and your professional intent.
Once you get hired for the job, you will need a steady stream of courage to perform continuously at work. But if you still don’t have the backbone needed in any workplace, you have to develop it in order to survive and thrive.
Your SUCCESS in your workplace will greatly depend on your courage to face challenges in the workplace everyday.
Here are 5 things that you could do to become more courageous at work:
- Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. Have the guts to voice your opinion about a project or a situation that will affect your work and others. Share your ideas that could help your company go through tough times.
- Admit your mistakes. It takes a lot of courage to admit your shortcomings, correct it and commit not to do it again.
- Do unfamiliar or new things. Take steps necessary to do something you’ve never done before in the workplace especially if it will help people. This will help you learn new skills and allow yourself to be ready for more responsibilities. You can also volunteer for projects that you believe in (especially if no one is willing to do it). The important thing is that you follow through and finish what you have started.
- Trust the decision of your co-workers, especially your leaders. Believe or not, it takes a lot of courage to trust people.
- Be open to criticism. In order to improve your work output, remember that you don’t know what you don’t know, it’s better to let others correct you.
These are just a few things you could do to demonstrate courage in the workplace. Taking first actions, telling the truth no matter how difficult and relying on the decisions or actions of your co workers takes courage, so practice them every time you have the chance.
Do you know of other actions that can help people develop the courage to become successful workers? Feel free to comment or share you insights below.