Courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Pioneering women are passionate about what they believe in, the desire to make an impact, and their vision for the future. At the same time, breaking a new trail can bring up a lot of fear. Fear can show up as self-doubt, self-judgment, feelings of failure, and lack of belief in your abilities.
One of the most empowering aspects of being a pioneer is when you realize that you have everything you need to make a difference in the world.
How can you summon your courage when you need it most?
Someone asked me the other day when I had to summon my courage. I told a story about when I had to lead in a new way to help my team. It meant tossing out several beliefs that made me successful up to that point. Then, adopting a new set of principles that would serve my team more powerfully.
I found courage by finding the people who were willing to help me break a new trail. It meant leaning into collaboration and working with a team to create a new culture.
How does this apply to every day? Small acts of courage include speaking up, raising your hand when opportunities knock and asking for help.
When you ask for help, you allow others to share their knowledge and expertise. You are the student. The expert is the teacher.
When you use your voice, you share your unique opinion.
When you raise your hand to opportunities, you open the door to sharing your knowledge, skills, and expertise with others.
Each of these acts of courage may seem small individually. When all these small acts are combined, the result is significant personal and professional growth. Courage helps trailblazers and pioneers make progress every day and will help you blaze a new trail on your journey.
Lastly, when you are the first to blaze a new trail. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find your courage. So, surround yourself with other pioneers who can inspire you and motivate you to keep making progress.
As a pioneer, can you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and find small acts of courage to keep moving forward?
When you find your courage, get your footing, and take a step forward, you own your journey and decide the trails you want to blaze.