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Courage and New Beginnings
Reflection is the key to change.
by Sandra Ford Walston

JAN 2012 | We all seem to feel the shifts of uncertainty that are occurring at multiple levels in our lives including our spirit.

Acknowledging these feelings about how we approach our daily lives will hopefully open up an opportunity to stop and reflect about our behaviour patterns prompting us to ask questions.

Ask yourself: Are you stuck in denial, apathy, self-doubt or blame? If these few samples of obstacles to everyday courage resonate with you, then you’re stuck in the past unable to embrace the major transitions going on in our culture for the past several years. Please know that it has not been easy for me either nor did I heed the advice when I heard the prediction that major changes were coming along with human suffering at all levels.

Are you stuck in sorrow or blame or are you inviting new beginnings?

In October 2006 at my Newfield Network coaching conference in Colorado I heard scholar and author Richard Tarnas speak. He shared his research and predictions about the human suffering that was coming in 2008 and lasting through 2011. While my work focuses on understanding how StuckThinking™ keeps us from utilising our courage, Richard writes in Cosmos and Psyche about living in delusion. “A state of delusion about one’s actual condition in the world is carefully maintained by filtering out and denying all information that might cast question on the validity of one’s rigidly protected belief system, thereby creating a closed feedback loop.”

If you sense you are stuck in delusion about the changes going on, then this is an opportunity to claim and apply your everyday courage. It is a time to start new beginnings (and for women to collectively come together). Richard continues with his predictions “ seems altogether likely that nother feminist propulsion will infuse itself into the culture and that women will emerge from the next decade and a half with considerable more political and economic power than now.”

Are you stuck in sorrow or blame or are you inviting new beginnings? Simply put: It takes everyday courage to come from your heart to face hardships without delusion.

Visit Sandra's homepage at HR Matters for full access to her other column pieces.

Read Foaming at the Mouth, Sandra's previous article, in the October 2011 issue.

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Sandra Ford Walston Column

Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of STUCKThinking™. She is an internationally recognised speaker, learning consultant, author and entrepreneur for almost twenty years who helps organizations, teams and individuals tap into their courage. She found that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient. She helped organizations from Agrium, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Teletech International, Auburn and Virginia Commonwealth University, Woodhull Institute, and Wide Open West to integrate her “Courageous Leadership Development Model.” She also instructs at the University of Denver.

Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has changed the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra’s the internationally published author of three books: COURAGE, STUCK and FACE IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job (2011). She has also been published in numerous magazines including Chief Learning Officer, Strategic Finance and HR Matters Magazine.

Sandra is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and she is a certified Enneagram teacher. Sign up for her courage Blog or free courage newsletter. To learn more about how Sandra can help your business cultivate success or to purchase a copies of her books, please visit

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