Melissa Nixon

Melissa J. Nixon is founder of the Courageous Life Academy, a coaching and consulting firm. She formerly served as director of organizational development and learning at Delhaize.

Ambivalence, discontentment and disappointment get dragged into work every day.
As the keynote speaker at a women’s leadership conference, I asked the 400 women one important question: “What would you do if you were not afraid?”
I must admit, I sometimes overreact. Especially when a perceived injustice has been done. Thankfully, only those closest to me have ever seen it.
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a sense of dread? Does your mind race as you think about your hectic schedule, your family obligations and all those deadlines and conflicts at work?   
Have you ever thought about quitting your job? Just packing up and walking out because you see no clear career path, you’ve had enough dysfunction or because your dream was ready to burst out? I have — and I did.