You, Courage & Rosa Parks
24 Apr, 2017
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made, this diminishes fear, knowing what must done does away with fear” - Rosa Parks
Success for us happens when we have the courage to be ourselves and put courageous ideas into action. My approach is all about providing tools and approaches that are geared towards three main areas of our lives; Personal gain, Strategic gain and Financial gain.
Every single day we face challenging moments, micro-moments which push us into having to make big choices that we find difficult to do. I know I experience these moments regularly, and a well-known and documented moment occurred for Rosa Parks. Her decisive moment was that she quietly refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. She would not go to the back of the bus.
The Power of Conviction
On a bitter December evening in 1955, after a long day as an under-paid department store seamstress, Rosa stepped aboard a bus in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, heading for home. Her blistered-soles were aching and her back sore from bending over all day, and as the bus filled up, the pressure mounted for her to give up the seat because her skin-colour was wrong.
Her response, as told in a 2000 biography, was as follows: "Are you going to stand up?" the driver demanded. Rosa Parks looked straight at him and said: "No." Flustered, and not quite sure what to do, Blake (the bus driver) retorted, "Well, I'm going to have you arrested." And Parks, still sitting next to the window, replied softly, "You may do that."
Your Courageous Core
These moments, when we face them, create within us many feelings, they may make us feel uncertain, uncomfortable and unsafe, sometimes guilty and challenge our innermost values. When you decide that enough is enough, that there is a line in the sand that you are not willing to cross, that is when you must take small steps and great leaps towards your success. This is where we need a psychological edge an internal tactical push so we take the necessary action.
To take these leaps, ask yourself these three questions:
- What am I waiting for?
- What if I'm wrong?
- So what if I do?
“The right time to do the right thing is now.” – Martin Luther King
How you deal with these daily occurrences mounts up and determines how you feel about yourself. They create either an engaging action or an evasive action. Facing these moments and unlocking their opportunity requires courage. It is only through your actions that you will feel fulfilled and create an environment of success.
Together, we will achieve our objective of a greater business community one action at a time. The ideas, tools and techniques that I advocate don’t make the actions easier, but they make them happen. I want to stimulate and ignite powerful responses in people just like Rosa Parks did for herself and subsequently the Civil Rights movement on that bus.
One moment of your courage can change your whole future.
We cover this and many other ideas in our Psychological Artistry day
We all have this ability and capability, but we don’t always have the courage to use it. That is why sometimes I’ve needed extra tools to help with my mindsets to achieve my desired outcomes and get what I want. Hesitation and overthinking can lead to stagnation and inaction, the moment of change can be lost in seconds. Becoming aware of these processes adds a whole new set of skills and choices to our lives. It is not just the big moves that dictate our lives but the accumulated effect of the small ones in everyday life.
One effective approach involves understanding our choices, our activation energy and the “tactical push” effect. This applies in particular to how we perceive and respond to threatening and challenging moments.
The “tactical push” decision tool can be learnt quickly and easily and gets results. One tiny switch can be mentally liberating, understanding your “activation energy” can do this for you. Rosa’s spontaneous decision led to massive changes.;
- You can use it to change your behaviour
- You can use it act with courage everyday
- You can use it to gain control of your thinking
On the Psychological Artistry day we deal with some of these ideas; the tactical push tool and the growth mindset and the personal, strategic, and financial gains behind an attitude of courage and action. My ideas have an academic rigour and have been designed and developed for the real world, using my experience and decades of application.
The Psychological Artistry day offers a unique set of tools which help you create personally tailored magic tricks, mindsets, and models for yourself and in your business. You’ll learn how to deliver personalized mysteries around what you do which sparks interest, grabs attention, and gives you a greater sense of yourself, all leading to greater personal, strategic and financial gain.
To understand and learn more about this, please go to Psychological Artistry
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P.S. "All our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
P.P.S. We have had a couple of cancellations for the 3rd May Psychological Artistry day. If you’re interested, please contact us about these and we can book you on. Thanks.
About Author: George Rowley
George works with psychological artistry, a blend of psychology, behavioral sciences and mind magic to entertain, improve people’s lives, work towards greater inclusion and increase business opportunities. He does this through training, coaching delivering workshops and presentations. He has been working with individuals, small practices and organisations including extensive projects within the NHS.