Hassan Charouk, a taxi driver in Sydney had a moment of truth recently. As he drove toward a house that was ablaze he says he didn’t need to think twice about stopping and running inside to see if anyone needed help. In an interview with Channel 9 news he said “When I entered the house it was dark and scary. I was able to get the old lady, pick her up and drag her out,”
Bill Jessop and Joe Collismo, didn’t know each other, despite living a few doors apart as neighbours. Their recent moment of truth started as they both heard a loud crash and rushed outside to see what had happened They discovered an elderly woman trapped in her car that had speared through two fences and into a private pool. With the water quickly seeping into and rising inside the car they worked together to smash in the rear window and save the woman from drowning.
You may never personally be placed in a situation where you face an heroic moment of truth like these two examples, and yet every day of your life, you are faced with moments of truth where your personal courage is called upon.
Inescapable Truth #2 in the Intentionomics Blueprint is to Take Stock Of Your Truth, and quite frankly, this takes courage.
The Latin origin of the word courage is heart and the Collins English Dictionary defines courage as the confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs.
The question is how aware are you about your beliefs… about your truth?
Our daily moments of truth may at times be fairly insignificant events where we need to make quick decisions – “Do I choose this or that?” While at other times, our moments of truth may still require us to make quick decisions, but the implications for ourselves and others may be much more significant.
At a recent executive mentor program I was conducting, using the Intentionomics Blueprint, one of the senior executives in the group had a moment of truth. After completing the self-reflection checklist for inescapable truth #2 Take Stock of Your Truth, this executive shared openly how he felt more compelled than ever to get his personal health and fitness back on track.
Now of course, it’s up to him to follow through with intentional action, but this first step of courageously and openly sharing with his colleagues this moment of truth will enable him, in a safe environment of trusted work colleagues to hold himself accountable for whatever changes he decides to make to create more healthy habits in his life.
People Get Your Truth – over time your intentions, promises, actions and results will either promote you or expose you. As you take stock of your truth about you, about who you are, you hold up in the light of day the actions you’re regularly taking, and you ask yourself with courage “How aligned are my actions with me being and becoming the person I need/want to be, to live an even more happy, flourishing and prosperous life?”
Courage is from the heart, and it’s often reflexive like in the above cases of Hassan, Bill and Joe – without hesitation, the action is just done.
This is also true in our less-heroic moments of truth that we face day to day in our work and personal lives. These moments of truth arrive in the way we communicate in our relationships, the way we look after our physical, emotional, intellectual and creative self and in what may simply be the way we go about doing whatever it is we need to do in our personal and business lives.
Courage is not just for the heroic, it’s required in each of us more than we often care to think.