Throughout my career I have been faced with many situations were I have had to make the choice to be brave. Being brave is not always being defiant, or strong; it is also having the courage to analyze a situation and respond to it appropriately, even when that means you walk away or let it go. The decision to be brave is not always clear with a black or white answer. The fear of the possible outcome can be crippling. The fear you might loose your job, a promotion, friends, or even the thought of what others might think about you can be enough for some to back down from a situation. Some might say we have more to loose then to gain from being brave, but I challenge that. There have been situations were being brave has changed policies, have made a positive life changing impact on a person, and at the very least helped professional growth. Knowing when to stand up for or against a situation and when to walk away is imperative.
Questions to ask yourself in these situations:
Why is this important?
Who is it effecting?
What are the consequences if you don’t say something?
What is the outcome you are looking for?
How does this align with the corporate policy and procedures?
How does your performance and behaviors compare to what is expected of you?
If your answers like the ones below, either walk away from the situation or dig a little deeper to find the root cause of what is truly bothering you.
- I don’t think it’s fair
- I don’t think it’s right
- I just want them to stop
- I am not currently not meeting expectations
Once you have taken the time to truly asses the situation and you have defined the root cause of the problem then you are left with addressing the situation and in doing so “Be Brave!”.
Be brave enough to advocate for those who need it
Be brave enough to stand up for what is right.
Be brave enough to say no
Be brave enough to be who you are
Be brave enough to stand for what you believe in
Be brave enough to walk away or let it go