WINGIVING: How to Become a Comrade of Courage in Tough Times

Updated: August 25, 2009

I've been getting countless e-mails and newsletters this past week from coaches and consultants capitalizing on the downturn in the market.

Their message is fear based. "The dow is down again, it's scary out there, layoffs are rampant!" Then they offer a $1,995 weekend seminar on wealth building or business growth that will solve all of your problems. These "compassionate coaches" become opportunistic vultures praying on the carcass of your fear.

Give me a break!

Here's my take on it wingmen - Strap in, focus your radar, and hold on. Its time to push it up! These adverse times separate the top guns from the lazy bums; the philosophers from the performers; and those with attitude from those with aptitude.

If you want to dodge the missiles and break the fear barrier holding you back from succeeding in these tough times,

  • Stop dwelling and start doing.
  • Stop groaning and start giving.
  • Stop whining and start winning.

Pretty simple if you ask me. Get back to the fundamentals of hard work, focus, discipline, accountability, and most of all, service.

Look, its times like these where your character will be tested. The missiles are being launched. Whether or not you get shot down is entirely up to you. But I would challenge you to dismiss the naysayers on TV and in the break room and solicit the "YaySayers." Jettison the wingnuts that are strangling your ability to take off in life and find your trusted partners - your wingmen - who will elevate your spirit and encourage you to take action.

Be thankful for the blessing you have today. Write them down. Then, go out and find somebody who is in the dungeon of their life, reach in, lend a wing, and pull them out.

Finally, be a comrade of courage, not a lightening rod of fear. Be the type of person others can come to for help when they are down on luck and strangled by fear. Courage is contagious. And so is performance. When you give courage, it may be all someone needs to take the action that can help them release their brakes and take off.

We're all in a difficult time right now but please have faith that the pendulum will swing and the economy will improve. Stay focused and keep working. The weather will get better.

Today, be open to receive a May Day call which says I Need Help. Lend your wing. Make a difference in any way you can not just at work, but in your personal life. It's how we'll survive these tough times. This is the wingman's call to action. It's your call to action. I hope you'll take it.

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