Uma Gupta writes About Courage, Conviction, and Confidence


Courage, conviction, and confidence:

Fear and worry is one of the most prevalent emotions in our every day lives. It is such an insidious emotion that sometimes we do not even recognize how it quietly finds a permanent corner in our emotional space and makes itself comfortable, knowing that it will be a part of the fabric of our lives for a long time to come. Replacing fear with hope and faith requires courage, conviction, and confidence. It is more easily said than done, but with attention and practice, it is possible. By no means is this an easy or short journey, but it is a journey well worth taking. At the end, each one of us can find peace and know that we will be okay. Very okay.

Whether in our personal or professional lives, fear is an inhibitor. It inhibits us from reaching our full potential, from being true to ourselves and to others, and from remaining true to our core values. This is the first in a series of articles that I will write about courage, conviction, and confidence both in the workplace and at home.

A simple exercise is to jot down every emotion you feel for one full day. Start in the morning from the time you get out of bed till you go to bed. If you are good at counting and if you have a great memory, you don’t even have to write it down! So make a note of your range and frequency of emotions: fear, (worry is fear), anxious, depressed, distressed, angry, jealous, guilty, uncertain, unsure, neglected, disappointed, joyous, hopeful, pessimistic, overwhelmed – just make a note.

Read a New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. A powerful book that speaks to how each one of us has the potential to rise above the fray, every day.

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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  1. Talk about serendipity. I was just about to go to the library for some inspirational books and through this site, found some great leads. Thank you for helping me to reflect and turn inward today!

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