Courage: It's a soft skill

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

This month our theme at All Hands In is courage. I consider courage to be a soft skill because it is an interpersonal skill that when practiced regularly, can lead to effective decision making, problem solving, and greater empowerment.

Studies have shown that effective leader are not devoid of fear but rather they just practice courage on a regular basis so they become conditioned to face fear.

Developing a courage practice can take time, but once you've outline your needs you can begin to form the foundation of a practice that you're more likely to step into everyday.

How to start:

1) Identify How Fear Feels In Your Body.

Spend sometime using awareness to become familar with how fear feels in your body. Where does it tend to show up... in your heart? In your stomach? In just your hands and feet? Spend some time thinking about things your frightened to confront an pay attention to where that is.

2) List Your Fears.

Create three catagories for your fears. Highest level fears, scary but managable, uncomfortable fears you prefer to avoid but can do when pushed. List all you fears and place each one into one of the three categories.

3) Create a "Fear Scale."

Create a scale that goes from 1-10 (1 being "uncomforatble" to 10 "Highest fear").

1 - 3 = Uncomfortable

4 - 6 = Scary but Managable