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Having The Courage To Breakthrough Personal Barriers

by Eryka T. Johnson on January 18, 2015

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Having The Courage To Breakthrough Personal Barriers
  By Eryka T. Johnson

What’s holding you back? You know…from being who you were designed to be and who you desire to become. Whether your personal barrier is fear of success, feeling you are not good enough, or even believing that you don’t have the qualifications to lead, they all require you to have this one quality…COURAGE. Courage is something that is within reach. In this article, we will discuss how to have the courage to breakthrough personal barriers to owning your life like a boss.

To understand how to activate courage, we must first understand what courage means. Simply put, courage is the ability to break through in the face of adversity, extreme difficulty, unbelief, and fear. Courage allows you to do something even if you are completely terrified.

Courage is not elusive rather it can be learned and developed with practice.

For the past 6 months, I’ve been having a difficult time on my job with a supervisor who often times is quite condescending and arrogant. The energy she gives off can be intimidating and a complete turn off. Well, we were not aligned on our approach to getting work done and interacting with the team. Honestly, I allowed a strong dislike for her style to cause me to feel “some type of way.”

After seeking out advice from a mentor within the company, I was encouraged to do the right thing – reach out to her, invite her to lunch, and give her my full attention to understand her perspective.

This was a huge challenge for me!

I honestly believe I begin harboring un-forgiveness towards her and in order for me to reach out to her would take some serious courage. Personally, I did not want to make myself vulnerable to her because I’ve been hurt so many times prior by leadership within corporate America. Yet, I needed relief and wanted a clear conscious for the work that was ahead.

It took the MOST courage to merely send her the invite requesting her presence at a lunch. Although my heart was beating faster than usual, I typed the invite and hit send. There was an immediate sigh of relief once I got the acceptance email.

I’m not sure what personal barrier is holding you back today. But, you have the power within you to break through. Here are 3 tips that can help you work on releasing your full self and being your BEST:

  •  Clearly identify your personal barrier.
  • Realize this is the one thing keeping you from fully living and enjoying your dream life.
  • Attack it even if you are afraid. Move pass what your inner thoughts or past experiences are speaking to you.

Own your life boldly. Have the courage to breakthrough your barriers and take control of your destiny.

Let me hear from you. What personal barrier do you need to break through?

See you at the top!

Eryka T. Johnson





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Why Now Is The Best Time To Stop Playing Small, Take Action, & Lead
By Eryka T. Johnson

Do you feel there is more you could be doing right now? Although you love your life and the value you bring to others, you could push a little harder and go just a bit deeper. You see yourself contributing more at work and home or just committing fully to that project that’s in your heart and keeps bothering you. Let’s face it…Opportunity to step up and lead is everywhere and it’s knocking at your door. So in today’s article, we will focus on why now is the best time to stop playing small, take action and lead.

Earlier this week, I was at my desk working while listening to an inspirational talk from my new mentor. I had just returned to work after being away for a few days on vacation with the kids. There was a large backlog of emails to answer and follow-ups to complete. As to not get overwhelmed, I took my time reading each email and deciding what priority to assign to each request.

Then, here comes an interruption!

Out of nowhere a strong feeling came over me and I clearly heard in my mind “the place you are in is too small for you.” Actually, this is what I would call God speaking to me. What a surprise, right? Well, not really. For the past few weeks, I’ve been re-positioning myself, my focus, my commitment, and my business.

Immediately, it made me think about when God took Abraham from underneath his tent (comfort zone) and asked him to look up and see the stars in the sky (opportunity). As long as he could SEE and count the stars, his impact and influence would be great. See Genesis chapter 15.

Now is the time to be stretched and break the glass ceiling of your life. You know you are playing small if this story hits a nerve or even ignites something in you. You will have all of heaven supporting your dreams and God walking alongside you to help you make the right decisions and build strong relationships.

You are ready even if you feel somewhat hesitant. Don’t you know that you’ve been designed for this very thing? Be bold. Move from what’s comfortable and familiar to you and try something new. Expand your capacity to accept more opportunities and have the courage to show up, take action, and see them through.

So, are you ready? Respond and let me know.

See you at the top!

Eryka T. Johnson




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