Do you remember the Cowardly Lion in the story of the Wizard of Oz?  The lion went out in search of courage. 

 

What was it he learned? 

 

The story ends when the lion learns the simple fact that courage is not something that is found externally, but you have to find within yourself.  Courage means going forward without doubt.  If you believe you have courage, you have courage.  The lion found courage within himself.

So can you.

 

Today it is a simple fact that we lack so much courage in the business world.  As leaders we have to ask,  “where is the courage”?   As leaders, we should be setting the example for the people who work with and for us.  Where is the courage that we are suppose to be exhibiting to our teams and to ourselves?

 

How can we expect the people who work for us and with us to have courage, when we don’t have it?

 

Instead of courage today, what we exhibit is conformity. 

 

As Howard Hendricks says, “The opposite of courage isn’t cowardliness, it is conformity.  A belief is something you will argue about.  A conviction is something you will die for.  You cannot really live unless there are things in your life for which you are willing die”. 

 

Yes, Howard does take it to an extreme, but the bottom line is as Winston Churchill says,

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak”. 

Courage is also what is takes to sit down and listen.”

How to create real success in all you do

How to create real success in all you do

 

 

If you are a student of Churchill you remember one of the great lines he said when he was in battle,

“Bullets are not worthy considering… I do not believe the gods would create so potent of a being as myself for so prosaic an ending”.

 

Wow!

 

Where has that courage that Churchill and other great leaders exhibited gone? 

 

Where has it gone? 

What has happened in today’s world that we don’t exhibit that courage.

 

We are not cowards. 

No one is calling us cowards, but they might be calling us conformists?

 

Why don’t have the courage to take on the things we need to do make the changes we know are needed.

 

That is one of the reason’s we have lost our leadership in the world.

 

We no longer have the courage.

 

We no longer teach courage, but instead we teach conformity.

 

Yet people in the rising countries throughout the world are teaching courage.

They are teaching, “you can do anything you want” and “YOU can lead the world”.

 

So is it time we took some courage lessons?  Isn’t it time we set the pace and exhibited the courage we know we have.

 

If you have had enough of not reaching those goals.

 

If you have had enough of just conforming to things.

 

Then it is time you as leaders put up the courage to do something.  To make something happen in your business, life, career, health and family.

 

It doesn’t have to be some super extraordinary thing.

 

You can exhibit courage simply by standing up for what is right.

 

You can exhibit courage by simply making the decisions that will take you down the right path.

 

You can exhibit courage by showing your team consistency of how you operate.

 

You can exhibit courage to your team by being there for them and supporting them, backing them, teaching them and helping them.

 

I urge you this week to make a new commitment to courage in your business, life, career, family and health.

 

Help them as you move forward.  Look inside as the Cowardly Lion did.  You have all the courage you need inside yourself. 

 

Go out and make it happen.

 

 

Be more Persistent, Consistent and Self-Disciplined.

Be more Persistent, Consistent and Self-Disciplined.