by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Courage is in short supply today — in politics and in many corporations. Following your heart and intuition is almost nonexistent (read Wellness Needs a Steve Jobs).

It’s easier to go along than rock the boat. Sins of omission (not taking a risk) almost always go unnoticed, while sins of commission (taking a risk and failing) stick out and open the risk-taker to criticism.

It’s one of the reasons wellness practitioners go into hiding when a company’s finances take a turn for the worse — “If I just keep my head down, maybe I can ride this out.” But troubled times are when a wellness program can have the greatest value to the organization by implementing stress-reducing, energy-enhancing programs that improve resilience. And when times are good, it’s easy just to ride the wave, enjoying the success without trying to push management for more wellness resources so you’ll be better positioned when the inevitable downturn occurs.

It’s Okay to Be Afraid

Courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear; it’s not a blind, throw-caution-to the-wind mindset. It’s the will to push ahead when your gut says it’s time to act but your sense of self-preservation says to be cautious. It’s the ability to look at the situation and make a dispassionate decision to act or not based on what’s best for those you serve, not what’s best for you. It’s what successful people in business, sports, and wellness do to rise to the top of their field.

As you begin a new year, consider where you can be courageous to achieve your personal and professional goals by confronting your fears starting today.

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