A Mountain of Courage

TEDex Talk, A Mountain of Courage by Linda Lindquist-Bishop, Courageous Thinking, Inc.

Giving a TEDx talk is a challenging adventure.

I really enjoyed sharing some of my story and the stories of people I admire – those who have had the courage to embrace and excel in the face of difficult change. It has been rewarding and inspiring to hear from the Traverse City attendees and YouTube viewers that my talk gave them language, and a visual image, for where they are in their own journey of change. I also met some very talented people among my fellow TEDx Traverse City speakers, who I will introduce to you in the days ahead.

By watching ‘A Mountain of Courage’ you will learn more about my personal journey – the journey that led me to create Courageous Thinking Inc. Every day I am energized by the challenge of assisting adventurous leaders who seek excellence in their personal growth, and strive for success in their organizations.

 Where are YOU in your life right now?

  • Are you looking for ‘what’s next’?
  • Do you have a clear vision of where you want to go?
  • Are you questioning how to get there?

Thank your for taking the time to share in this ever evolving journey with me.
I’d love to hear where you are on your ‘Mountain of Courage’ – linda@cgthink.com

Inspired by Change,
Linda

Why? It’s all a matter of Perspective…

It's all a matter of perspective.

Last year NW Michigan lamented the meager 135″ of snowfall for the entire winter.

All winter-related industries/jobs suffered greatly as the newspapers expressed hope for a ‘better’ winter ‘next year’. Well – next year is here – and we got it. It’s better… and more better… and even more better.

As we continue to dig out of 188″ to-date, of the white-stuff, we have to fight to maintain a positive mental attitude knowing that over half of the winter… is still yet before us.

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This photo may offer a shift in Perspective to my fellow Michiganders who have ‘had enough.’

Or they may just mail a snowball, and a nasty note to me here in Alabama. 🙂

What made Martin Luther King an extraordinary leader?

Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King

Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King
Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King

On the 85th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birthday, Fast Company looks behind the legend to the man, to highlight four attributes that profoundly contributed to his effectiveness as a transformative leader. MLK was extremely intentional about everything he did and said. In order to be effective in our intentionality – we must commit ourselves to constant self examination so that we can choose the best path as a leader.

1) Emotional Agility
Being aware enough of your emotions, and then choosing a response rather than reacting. What level of emotional agility do you possess – especially with the emotions of anger, confusion or fear? We will write on this more here at Courageous Thinking

2) Systems Thinking
We often focus too much on winning the battle, and lose sight of the war. No one thing creates sustainable change. It must occur within a system. What is the change we want to make? What is the larger system we need to effect, and work in, in order to make that change?

3) Occupy DC
To change a system, it takes a combination of critical mass and changing policy. MLK knew that DC was the platform he needed in order to cast his ‘Dream’. What platform do you need in order to create the change you are committed to?

4) Humor
It is scientifically proven that laughter creates positive physiological effects in addition to relational healing and fostering increased creative thinking. Where can you add appropriate humor to a situation?

Leadership does not require us to rise above our humanity, but to be aware of who we are, and to CHOOSE the best path to create healing and wholeness. Whether our change objective is within the spheres of civic, corporate, mission or social success – we must be intimately aware of who we are, and choose our response and strategy.