Monday, September 28, 2009

Find Your Courage: 12 Acts for Becoming Fearless at Work and in Life

Courage: 1) the ability to do something that frightens one. 2) strength in the face of pain or grief. 3) act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval

These are the definitions of courage according to my Oxford dictionary. But courage means so much more to many people. It could be simply the act of telling someone you’ve been thinking of them or perhaps just getting out of bed to face another day. The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz took his first steps on the Yellow Brick Road, leading him to the magical Land of Oz and his long-lost courage.

On this journey through life we face many situations that we’ll definitely need a healthy dose of courage to get through. Fortunately, we don’t have to follow a golden path through perilous woods to find our courage. But we do have to take a step or two in the right direction. Author Margie Warrnell’s Find Your Courage: 12 Acts of Becoming Fearless at Work and in Life should be your first step in reclaiming the courage you may have lost, misplaced, or simply failed to obtain along the way.

Ms. Warrnell breaks down courage to its very core and gives us 12 lessons in three stages (Part One: Foundational Acts of Courage, Part Two: Courage in Action, and Part 3: Courage as a Way of Being), placing us on a soul-searching journey to reclaim what is rightfully ours—courage.

Each chapter is designed to make us ask important questions of ourselves and truly seek out the honest and sometimes painful answers. However, Margie gives us hope and encouragement about the less “desirable” qualities we may possess and the “how to’s” of fixing them. These exercises are geared to help you gain better insight into what is holding you back.

Margie uses quotes, light-hearted humour, and down-home charm to encourage and cheer the reader on. I found this book was more like talking to a good friend than a lesson in self-help.

So if you’re ready to take a journey, one that is sure to change your life forever, then grab a journal and your favourite pen and tuck yourself into a cozy spot with Margie Warrell’s Find Your Courage: 12 Acts of Becoming Fearless at Work and in Life. This book will teach you valuable skills and lessons that will last you a lifetime.

Remember, even though your journey may be bumpy, and there may even be a few potholes on the path, “nothing great has ever been accomplished without a lot of falling down and getting back up.”

That’s courage.

Margie Warrell is a certified executive, life coach, professional speaker, syndicated columnist, and published author. For more information, visit



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