Courage Is What It Takes

By: Jan Bolick

Public speaking is a huge fear for most people.  In fact it has been rated as scarier than death.

So yes –  it takes courage to stand up and speak – whether it’s making a speech or speaking your mind.  It also takes courage to…well…hear the words from Winston Churchill.

Sit down and listen?  Oh my gosh! 

What if I don’t like what they say? 

What if I don’t agree?

What if they hurt my feelings?  

What if they are right? 

What if I am wrong?

What if I can’t change their mind?

And besides all of that – what if I don’t have time to listen?

But we know, don’t we?  We know what happens when we scrounge up the time and courage to sit down; slow our minds and bodies down; and then listen, really listen.

Without interrupting.

Oh my gosh – it is soooo hard to do.

But when we do – all kinds of issues, frustrations and tensions can melt away; paving the way for boosts to morale, productivity and overall performance.

Perhaps that’s enough motivation to find the courage.  If you need help finding the calm – could be another good time to eat some celery.  As reported last week, I recently learned about celery’s calming affect on the body and mind. Keep some in the fridge. 

Maybe even pass out celery sticks at your next staff meeting. Even if it doesn’t work to calm the chaos, it’s such an odd staff-meeting-snack, they would likely laugh about it and you know what they say about the power of nonsense and laughter.

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