Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure or hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Admiral William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy Retired from his book, Make Your Bed.
“Who Dares Wins” was the motto of the British Special Air Service, the famed SAS. According to McRaven, the motto was so admired that it was quoted by the commander moments before the bin Laden raid.
I often asked my coaching clients, “What would you do with your life if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Living life out of fear—of failure or what other’s might think—inhibits potential and contribution. Dare to take risks, feel the fear and doing it anyway.
Affirmation: I am courageous.
Coaching questions: What is holding you back from living your best life? What’s one daring thing you will do this week to become your best self? Perhaps it is speaking up on a controversial topic, severing a toxic relationship, taking a class, changing your hair color, starting to workout at the gym, asking someone you’ve just met to lunch. Start where you are then step out of your zone.
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We are celebrating Thanksgiving again this year with extended family. The same extended family that we have celebrated with for over 40 years. Over time, some of our political views have strayed apart dramatically. So last night I was in bed planning what my comment should be if something was said that was contrary to what I currently stand for. I think I have a perfect comeback but the risk of saying something vs keeping quiet and letting the “LOUD” mouth just put their foot in is something I need to consider. When do you risk family celebrations? We only see these family members once a year so it is easy to ignore them 95% of the time. I will think about this a few more days.
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This is a common dilemma. Thanks for bringing it up. Planning ahead is key. I know you’ll follow wherever your heart leads you.