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Are you choosing your battles wisely?

When it comes to leading with courage you will notice the following:

  • Courage usually involves getting it wrong before you get it right. It is easy to be brave when you are strong but can you be brave when you are weak?
  • Courage always takes the high road. Do you keep score of the wrongs committed against you? I have to admit…I still struggle with this one. Seriously though, the most important formula for success is knowing how to get along with people … even the difficult ones. As painful as the hurt against you may be, the high road is learning how to forgive and forget. Most of us do well with forgiving but we often struggle with forgetting.
  • It takes courage to change when staying the same feels so comfortable but the reality is … growth only happens when we step out of our comfort zone.
  • It takes courage to stand up for our convictions when we know they will be challenged. How many times have you stood up for something or someone or try something new only to have someone take a shot at you? How many times have you kept your head down so as not to upset the status quo?

I like how Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it …

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon there are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map a course of action requires the same courage a soldier needs. Peace has its victories but it takes brave men to win them.”

To lead courageously you need to know what to fight for! Unless you understand what is worth fighting for your risk the following …

  • Fighting the wrong battles
  • Fighting at the wrong time
  • Fighting when you should not be involved
  • Fighting because you need to win in order to feel good about yourself
  • Fighting even though the battle is already lost but your pride won’t let you accept it.

When you try to fight on every front, you wear yourself out and fail to win where it counts the most. Learn how to choose your battles wisely … It takes courage to walk away … conserve your energy for when you have something really important at stake.

So I ask you again … are you choosing your battles wisely?

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