Questions for STUCK
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
—John Quincy Adams
Discuss STUCK with Sandra on the telephone or Skype for one hour (free) at your book club gathering! Email her about the process.
1. Why is it important to recognize the obstacles to courage?
2. If women like Victoria Woodhull, Elizabeth Fry and Golda Meir were alive today, what do you think they would think about the progress women have achieved to date?
3. Share an instance where you have encouraged a peer to overcome her obstacles and move toward a courage-based identity.
4. What was the value of identifying where you are on the “Five Levels of Courage Consciousness” chart? Share your journey toward climbing to the next level.
5. There is often resistant to the practice of “stopping” and finding some form of contemplation to quiet the mind? With this understanding, how might you build time for this critical practice into your daily life?
6. What is your experience at work about how women treat each other? How does your perspective compare with Phyllis Chesler’s findings concerning “woman’s inhumanity to woman?”
7. Review your Declaration of Courageous Intention (DCI) and assess your progress. Which obstacles are you finding to be the most difficult to overcome? What have you discovered about yourself?
8. Describe what the concept of being stuck has cost you. What obstacle(s) is holding you back?
9. What is the difference between courage and survival?
10. How have you learned to merge self-actualization and courage consciousness at work? What has been the response or result?
11. Where in your work life are you most able to be an observer of your scripts and the masks you wear? How might you increase the frequency of this process to make it a part of your courageous intention?
12. Was there a particular interview or quotation in the book that moved you to action? If so, cite one of these examples that gave you particular insight. Explain.
13. Based on the original definition of the word courage (“heart and spirit”), why is it so important to declare your courage?
14. How have you personally experienced abusive behavior at work? Explain your viewpoints and response(s).
15. How might you begin to recognize courage and use the word more frequently to identify defining moments in your work life?
16. Identify a woman in your work life who has demonstrated courage and analyze the obstacles she appears to have overcome. What skills identified in this book does she utilize?
17. What part does our culture play in keeping women from identifying and claiming their courage?
18. How has a fresher understanding of courage derived from the stories in the book affected your understanding of your own courage?
19. If there were a cultural awakening that united women’s collective feminine courage, what might be different in the culture?
20. What immediate goal will you now create for your workplace to insure that you are beginning a plan to keep your courage from being STUCK?