By Hope Katz Gibbs
Since April 30, I have been carrying around in my wallet a piece of inspiration the size of a business card that Margie Warrell was passing at the 2011 Ladies DC “Women Leading the Future” conference.
Called, “The 10 Commandments of Courage,” the author, speaker, and certified executive coach encourages us to:
1. Think Bigger: Set your sights high and know that if you can dream it, you can do it. All great accomplishments first begin in the imagination.
2. Trust Yourself: No matter what happens, you can handle it. You are capable of more than you think you are.
3. Question Assumptions: The only limits you have are those you place on yourself. Assumptions are the death of possibilities.
4. Do What’s Right: Be true to yourself above anything else. Integrity is the only path upon which you will never get lost.
5. Stop Complaining: You can’t solve your problems by whining about them. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t.
6. Resist Conformity: Don’t surrender to the opinions of others. Express your individuality. Be your own person. Forge your own path.
7. Speak Up: If there’s something you really want to say, chances are someone really needs to hear it. Be bold in your requests and brave in your conversations.
8. Don’t Quit: Success demands perseverance. Setbacks are merely opportunities to show the universe what you’re made of. Press on. Keep having faith.
9. Say No: Say no to the good to make room for the great. Don’t succumb to people-pleasing at the expense of your own sanity and fulfillment.
10. Take Action: Nothing great has ever been achieved without risk. So acknowledge your fear and do it anyway. Fortune favors the bold!
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These positive affirmations are further fleshed out in Warrell’s book, “Find Your Courage,” published by McGraw-Hill. The native of Australia, who …