Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 390 - Leadership 199 / Trait 3 of 14: Courage

Leadership traits were on my mind last night while attending Honors Night at my daughters High School. As many of these young women & men were being recognized for their efforts they had the opportunity to step up and exercise their bearing in addressing the crowded auditorium. I was very impressed with how they conducted themselves with confidence and courage in a situation, public speaking, which is a challenging opportunity for most.

If you missed our previous posts in this series on leadership traits be sure to catch up on them here...
Leadership 199 / Trait 2 of 14: Bearing
Leadership 199 / Trait 1 of 14: Dependability

Let us see what our third trait has for us…

Leadership 199 / Trait 3 of 14: Courage

Defined: The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables you to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.

Discovered: To understand courage you first must understand fear. When we recognize danger, fear is our innate survival mechanism that kicks in and prompts us to flee from or confront the present danger. The use of the word danger is a bit misleading because fear does not come over us only when we are in situations that are truly dangerous to our well being. Fear is also present when we face challenges which we believe we are at risk of failing at.

For the purposes of honing our self-leadership ability into higher degrees of effectiveness let us focus on those challenges we face for bettering ourselves. Weight loss,... training for your first marathon,... the treatments and recovery that lay ahead to care for injury or disease,... going back to school to get that college degree,... employment search,... starting your own business,... and so on. These are just a few obvious challenges many of us are facing now.

What other challenges are you facing today which will require you to address your fear of failure to overcome?

Books large and small have been written on how to overcome fear. I promise that this post will not run on into book length. Therefore I must cut to the chase on what gets us over what we fear. Courage!

Courage, like fear, is innate; we have it with in us. The funny thing is fear just pops out quickly in the face of challenge. While for many the courage within us has to be poked, prodded and sometimes pulled out.

However it is that you reach inside and get courage to come forward, do it. Courage enables your inner strength, your ability to stand up for what it is you deem right and necessary. Courage applied to challenge brings discipline to the task, provides you the required calmness to control fear versus fear controlling you.

Our challenges do not come with certainty of success. To succeed we must function effectively in our mission no matter how long, how difficult it may be. Along the way set backs may occur, the difficulty of the mission may rise. Fear will attempt to take back control with such occurrences. Perseverance comes from courage, our ability to persevere will ensure we endure through to the missions successful completion.

Da-Point: Respect Fear, Embrace Courage, Achieve Victory!

Is it hard for you to bring the courage within you to bear on your challenges?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. LOVE THIS! Today I'm facing the fear of being the fat chick in TKD class and getting my green belt. I'm facing the fear of exercising in front of people. I'm facing the fear because I'm done being afraid. Courage I embrace you! Now for victory!

  2. Me, too. Love this post. I bet you have seen movie clips of FDR's first inaugural speech (Nothing to fear but fear itself). I thought of that when I read this post. I believe courage is facing the unknown with a brave resolve. The Nike slogan: Just do it, speaks to courage, too for me.

    Thanks for the thoughtful posts related to leadership. Timely.

  3. This series is truly inspiring!

    Conquering my fears has become an almost daily thing for me lately. I didn't realize I had so many. First, tackling a permanent solution to my weight problems was a HUGE fear...mostly a fear of failure. My 3 Day Walk, 5k and now another physical challenges are all ways to overcome my fear of staying fat forever. I also have some social anxiety and I'm trying little by little to come out of my shell and open up to people. I'm afraid of being judged, made fun of, talked about, etc. but maybe mostly I'm afraid of being lonely. Great post!

  4. Always interesting posts here with these traits! The funny thing about me is I am always scared sh*tless to get up in front of people but people always say I do so well - the courage to face my fears.. I still get nervous & scared but I still try...

  5. I find it difficult to find courage in the face of opposition. Especially now that my disorder is so prominent in my life. It undermines my confidence and believe that things will be okay. At times like this, I need inspiration from loved ones to find the courage to face down the beasts.

  6. Courage isn't one of the traits that immediately comes to mind when I think about leadership, but now that you point it out...of course it is! I am loving this series of posts - so applicable in both work, personal life, and weight loss. Well done!

  7. I respect fear - but often it is false...
    I think I say I'm afraid but really I just don't want to try...
    Or think I might fail... so yeah - courage is it!

    *pokey - poke!*