"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where all the fruit is."
- Bob Ross
You know that time you took a really big risk at work? How did you decide to make that decision? Why did you go out on that "limb?" And how did it impact your courage muscle for making bigger future decisions? How did it impact your career?
When you really think about it, what sets your difficult decisions apart from regular decisions is the risk involved. Risk means that there is an unknown element to the results of the decision. It means there are potential negative consequences that someone will have to own. There are events, aspects, dependencies, that can change the desired course of the action and subvert your ideal result. That's what makes these decisions difficult. Difficult decisions are made because they must be made. Even choosing "no action" is a choice, although it is often the one that requires the least courage and the least accountability.
"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
If you believe that you have CEO (or other high-influence) potential, but strive for lateral career progression, something's not matching up. Actually visualizing yourself in such an executive role may require more than just a passing nod. You may, you must, be able to conjure the vision of yourself in this role.
Doing so requires courage.
Luckily, courage is free.
If what you need is to get permission to have such an audacious vision and personal goal, give it to yourself. Or if you need a mentor to evaluate your vision before you step into that "courage" part of the deal, here. I hereby give you permission. Now go do it!
Watch this video for a full pep talk on seeing your ultimate career achievement, and then achieving it.
Challenge at 8:35: I challenge you to shift into a courageous mode and take action within five days of seeing this video. Send an email to me at the email address I...