Courage: Finding Your Voice

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I am celebrating over one year in blog writing. This “anniversary” is a big deal for me – I have never viewed myself as a writer. In light of that, I would like to share a personal story about finding the courage to do something that I fear.

For the last 4 years I have been wanting to blog and my fear stopped me. I wondered: did I really have something to say, would people want to read what I had to say, could I be vulnerable and share my innermost thoughts and challenges? I had some self-doubt around creativity and consistency. It takes a lot of focus and energy to think of new ideas and put them into a format that others want to read.

Over one year ago, I wrote my first blog. It was a great act of courage on my part because I remained reluctant to be vulnerable to others and open to their thoughts and opinions about how and what I write. I can generate great ideas and enjoy writing for myself. In fact, I write in a journal every day and start each day with a list of goals and what I am grateful for in my life. The thought of putting things on paper for others to read and critique however, is another thing.

In 2015, I have made the goal to write 24 blogs this year despite the fact that each time I sit down to write, I still face the fear and have to reach for the behavior of courage to begin again. It is a courage muscle that I exercise on a continuous basis. The payoffs of finding my voice despite the fear have been amazing. I once received a note from a woman saying “thank you for your newsletter on boundaries. It was exactly what I needed to hear that day.” People continue go out of their way to let me know that they read my blogs and that what I have to say inspires them to think.

I would like to thank you for reading my blog for the last year. It has been a wonderful process of learning and discovery for me. You may have noticed it has changed over time. I started out in a safe zone with business blogs and have transformed over the year to writing more personal blogs. You can count on TEAM to mix it up for 2015. You will hear more about new solutions: The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Coach2Lead. These are two amazing programs that create culture change and team alignment. TEAM will continue to write about some favorite topics including trust, culture, gratitude and team-building. We are incredibly grateful for your support and for walking with us in our journey.

I am kicking self-doubt out the door. Are you ready to kick self-doubt and fear out the door? Join me in having an amazing 2015 where we embrace our fears and do it anyway. Imagine what is possible! It is great time of the year to do an inventory of who you want to be in 2015 then ask yourself: what are the behaviors that I want to practice and be part of my everyday life? What action steps can I take on a consistent basis in order to move from fear to courage to victory?

I invite you to awaken to the brilliance of who you are. The world is ready to see more of you.

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5 Responses to “Courage: Finding Your Voice”
  1. TomRausch says:

    Great post Ellen. Embracing and moving through fear is true courage!

  2. Jane says:

    Wow Ellen – this has reassured me that it’s not just me as I consider writing my first series of blogs! I do love reading yours and am often inspired and this recent post is another example of that. I look forward to seeing what you have to say for the rest of 2015 🙂

  3. Mindy says:

    Good thoughts from you about courage. I too have a journal, now, and have fear of letting too many people in on my inner thoughts. However, each time I do take a step of courage I seem to be even more encouraged to do so. I have been called “inspiring” recently and that gives me fear. Fear of leading anyone down a poor path. My prayers and meditation are for help to lead down the best path.
    Thanks!

  4. Marisa says:

    Ellen, keep on doing what you’re doing! You are making a difference by touching lives. Stay positive. Courage needs needs a driver and that driver for many of us is you!

  5. Jackie says:

    Ellen, I am humbled to read your words of courage and inspiration. I can feel the energy and enthusiasm through your words that have truly touched my heart strings. You have so many golden nuggets to share and I am grateful you have chosen the courage to share with the world. The ripple effect of gratitude is contagious and I am truly humbled to be the receiver.

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