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May you have courage in the new year

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Dorothy meets the Cowardly Lion, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz first edition, 1900.

Courage
to act out what you say you believe,
to stand up for what is right,
to face difficulties with determination,
to be accountable and to hold others accountable,
to share information and resources,
to discuss conflicts and resolve them,
and to never stop learning.

“Courage, also known as bravery, will, intrepidity, and fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. “Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.”
---"Courage." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
-- Keshavan Nair, author and speaker

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
-- Winston Churchill, British politician (1874-1965)

The Courage Institute (based in Western Galilee, Israel and Elkins Park, Pennsylvania) lists 25 statements that describe a team's candor, purpose, will, rigor and risk that helps assess ‘courage’. Assess your team; gauge your personal courage, http://www.courageinstitute.org/assess_yourself.asp

On the same Web site, read
Leading in Times of Uncertainty and Turbulence - When the Wolf Is Knocking and the Fear Won't Go Away
In which the authors elaborate on the five courage factors:
Candor: The courage to speak and hear the truth.
Purpose: The courage to pursue lofty and audacious goals.
Will: The courage to inspire hope, spirit and promise.
Rigor: The courage to invent better protocols and make them “stick.”
Risk: The courage to empower, trust and invest in relationships.
http://www.courageinstitute.org/articles/articles_07.asp?05

It takes courage to be true to yourself. Be brave.

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Comments

Thanks, Lynette! What a wonderful message and resource for me as I close out the old year and prepare for the new.

In addition to helping us be true to ourselves, courage also can "en"courage us to be honest with ourselves.

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