I am a fan of the television show Doctor Who. Yes, I know that probably makes me a nerd. But I can live with that. It’s a really great show. One of the quotations I heard there once was, “Have courage, be kind and run fast.” It was being offered as advice for success. Here I want to share what that means to me.
- Have courage.
Every time we want to do something that is different or new, it requires us to have the courage to step outside of what feels comfortable to us. This requires us to have heart. To try in spite of what we may think or feel or even in spite of what others may say. So as you attempt to motivate yourself to keep moving forward, ask yourself. What is the one thing that you really need to get started working on but you keep putting it off for whatever reason? As yourself what is a great reward that you could gain if you tried and succeeded? Ask yourself why it matters to you and how it can help others?
- Be kind.
Researchers have found that being kind to others provides us with a great sense of happiness. It has even found that the reward is greater for the giver than the receiver. Kindness is described as a muscle; the more that you practice it, the better you get at it. Most people think of kindness primarily as a way of being or treating other people. However, kindness is also necessary as a way of viewing ourselves. The thoughts that we have about ourselves or the words that we use to describe our own abilities and capacity should also be positive and kind if we want to bring out the best version of ourselves. Ask yourself, Am I describing myself in a way that I would consider too harsh to use on anyone else?
- Run fast.
We have to be prepared to take action and to do so quickly. Many times we have great ideas but we get caught up in the thinking and the planning about how we could potentially make it happen. Sometimes we get stuck there when it does not become as crystal clear as we would like it to be before we start. Other times, we believe that because we cannot see a clear path to a winning outcome that we should not even try. However, if we take the perspective that action is vital and that sometimes we have to move quickly just to start going in the right direction, then we increase our chances of having successful outcomes. What are you thinking about when you should be getting ready to act? What opportunity are you missing because of your refusal to get started?
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live