“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort but you can’t choose both.”
– Brené Brown
I’m going to require a huge dose of courage today as The Purpose Project Online Course launches at 9.30am in Australia. I’m both daunted and excited. When I hit that send button, the online universe will take over and what happens next will largely be out of my control.
There have been many times in my life where I’ve been called to choose courage over comfort. Ending a long-term marriage. Leaving my job and starting a business. Launching each new book into the world. Selling everything and taking a 6-month sabbatical in France. A 10-week book tour to the USA. Saying ‘I love you’ first. And the list goes on.
Despite all this, I still feel my courage muscle needs strengthening, that I might use it more wisely at times. I know now that courage is not about taking reckless risks or giving everything up and starting over (as I’m wont to do). More often these days, I need the courage to stay, to see things through and sometimes, to do absolutely nothing. I need the courage to surrender and let go.
I believe we’re all born courageous but that over time it is beaten out of us. When we were young, we sang, danced and climbed trees. We didn’t even know we were being courageous. It was our natural state. As we grew up however, many of us lost our capacity for courage and we chose conformity instead. I wonder if our most important work might be to return to our courageous roots?
When it comes to our work, sometimes we might need a dose of courage to change it. Perhaps our work is not meaningful to us or making a difference or there’s no room for growth or promotion? Maybe we’re stuck or in transition and unsure where to turn next? Or maybe we have a great job but there’s a latent talent we’d really love to bring to work?
If you’re searching for more purpose and meaning in your job, starting right where you are, The Purpose Project Online Course is for you. The course takes the best lessons from the book and puts them into 7 easy steps for you to follow to unearth your purpose, develop a project and pitch it to your boss.
In many ways, creating and launching this course, has required more courage than writing a book. Books, I know. Online learning is all new to me.
Thank you for your support. Your encouragement means so much to me. If you know someone this might resonate with, I’d be most grateful if you’d share it.
With love and purpose
PPS: The first 20 people to register will receive a signed copy of The Purpose Project book.