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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, known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™, is a learning consultant, corporate trainer and courage coach.

Sandra’s expertise allows her to focus on the tricks and traps of the human condition through recognizing and interpreting courage behaviors, courageous leadership and individual personality and leadership styles.

Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has changed the lives of thousands of leaders each year. The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman/Reclaiming the Forgotten Virtue and an honored author selected for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage.

Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE, The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women (formerly STUCK), is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions at work. Her third non-gender book, FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life.

Sandra provides skills-based programs for some of the most respected public and private blue-chip businesses and organizations in the world including Caterpillar, Inc., IBM, Auburn University Women’s Leadership Institute, Procter & Gamble, Wyoming Department of Health Public Nurses, Farmers Insurance, Denver International Airport, Nolte Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wide Open West, Woodhull Institute, Healthcare Association of New York State, Hensel Phelps, The Leadership Investment for Women, and Hitachi Consulting.

Sandra is a certified coach, and certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Enneagram. She has been published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, HR Matters Magazine and Strategic Finance.

She posts a courage blog and free monthly courage newsletter. For more, visit


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