Friday, July 9, 2010

Lean Quote, July 9, 2010: Courage to Succeed

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

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"To dream anything that you want to dream.  That is the beauty of the human mind.  To do anything that you want to do.  That is the strength of the human will.  To trust yourself to test your limits.  That is the courage to succeed." - Bernard edmonds, American Writer

History has proven time after time that the power of a thought is the beginning for actions that will alter the future positively. Understanding this, and having the courage to keep going even in the face of all obstacles, allows us to accomplish anything we want.

As you approach the tough decisions that challenge you, recognize these truths about courage:

1. Courage Begins with an Inward Battle - Courage isn't an absense of fear.  It's doing what you are afraid to do.  It's having the power to let go of the familiar and forge ahead into new terrritory.

2. Courage Is Making Things Right, Not Just Smoothing Them Over - Courage deals with principle, not perception.  It's knowing when to stand up and having the conviction to do so.

3. Courage in a Leader Inspires Commitment from Followers - A show of courage by any person encourages others.  But a show of courage by a leader ispires.  It makes people want to follow them.

4. Your Life Expands in Proportion to Your Courage - Fear limits a leader.  But courage has the opposite effect.  Courage not only gives you a good beginnig, but it also provides a better future.

To improve your courage try these three things: 

1. Take fear head on.  Go out and do something fearful simply for the sake of growing courage.

2. Don't avoid confrontation.  Speak with that person in your life truthfully.

3. Don't hold back.  Now is the time to take that first step on that action your too afraid to make.

Courage means trusting yourself to overcome your fears and doing what you are afraid to do. Courage increases conviction and inspires others to confront their fears.  Do you have the courage to succeed and make others succeed.

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