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Monday Morning Motivation: Are You Brave Enough To Have “Courageous Conversations”? (VIDEO)

the word courage carved onto a granite cobble stoneMonday Morning Motivation:
Are You Brave Enough To Have
“Courageous Conversations”? (VIDEO)


Hey all and happy Monday!

I’m jetting off to Chicago today for another Sweet Retreats shoot. While in the Windy City, I’m gonna pop on over to see my new friends representing the Huggies brand; as you may know, I’m one of the content experts for Huggies Mommy Answers, a place where parents go to get all kinds of answers about all kinds of questions.

Now, on to the task at hand.. Courageous Conversations.

Know what that is?

I heard that phrase over the weekend while at the National Urban League’s 2013 annual conference. At Redeem The Dream, my Exhale co-hosts and I hosted a panel where we talked a little about the show and a lot about relationships with special guest Dr. Argie Allen.

During that conversation, Dr. Argie dropped two little, but by the same token, very big,  words:

“Courageous Conversations”

Courageous Conversations…  you probably have an idea of what they are. According to Dr. Argie, relationship expert and director of clinical training at Drexel University’s Couple and Family Therapy department, they are conversations that may be uncomfortable but necessary to become more aware, to grow deeper and to gain more intimacy.

Annnnnd. Boom.

The thing about Courageous Conversations is that, in order for them to be effective, in other words, in order for you to learn from them, you need to be open to hearing what is said, even when it makes you uncomfortable.

Or angry.

Or sad.

In the past, I have worked with some really talented people. But they were like wild horses; incredibly powerful, full of raw strength and ability but in desperate need of guidance.

Recently I was talking with someone about a new venture they were embarking upon. This person, who was not experienced in this arena at all,  bristled when I tried to share information about the business I have spent more than two decades in.

They were not ready for Courageous Conversations. Simply put, they were not ready to grow.

You see, as I have said before, real growth hurts. It requires real commitment, putting your ego on the back burner, understanding that you don’t know everything and that it might be time to make a change.

Ultimately you two choices; be open to that or stay where you are.

The person I was speaking with recently, is staying in exactly the same place.

Will you?

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Monday Morning Motivation: The Best Is Yet To Come

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Monday Morning Motivation: It’s The Journey Not The Destination




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