…taking the plunge and sharing this idea with people can be daunting. The worry of facing rejection or appearing like a crazy fool may just hang in the air.

Your idea could be ANYTHING! A business proposal, asking for a pay rise, writing a book, entering your first 5K race (with just your trainers and a decent playlist to get you over the finish line), or even applying for a more senior vacancy.

On paper, you’ve mapped out the thought processes, addressed the SMART criteria whilst ticking off clarity, focus and motivation. You have carefully crafted the finer details, ensuring this idea is absolutely perfect.

In the exhilarating process of pursuing a plan, we also acknowledge how nerve-wracking it can be as we anticipate a response or feedback. Every hour that passes seems like half a day, hitting refresh on emails, checking junk and spam folders for the answer we have been desperately waiting for.

It’s been said many times before, that courage comes in the form of pushing ourselves, stepping into the spotlight, unveiling our ideas, creations and projects we have thought about and worked so hard to make sense. Whilst perhaps, increasing our sense of vulnerability as we set ourselves up for someone else’s opinion.

But have you considered that courage and vulnerability often go hand in hand with resilience?

Pressure makes diamonds, as they say, and we can’t argue with science.

Nerves can make a situation quite terrifying but what if we use our nervous energy to create something really quite amazing?

What if this energy is the catalyst that stands you at the forefront of your industry?

Embracing something that tests your resilience will often sharpen your mind, your abilities and personal characteristics. Whilst at the same time, quashing the feeling of vulnerability and showcasing you as an expert in your field, a thought leader or courageous mentor.

Successful ideas are often attributed to hard work and determination.

So be courageous, show your vulnerability and find your resilience, because as Richard Branson once said,

If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later.


Published On: July 12th, 2023 / Categories: Blog /