I speak with and meet so many people who are afraid of going after the life they truly want, it is such a recurring theme that I have chosen to write about having courage to go for it in life…..
“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” — Brene Brown
Courage is one of those things that can make a massive difference in your life … whether it’s the courage to say something or the courage to do something. Here’s the thing — you can always not say something, or not do something. But if you don’t, the moment to do so often passes quickly. When you recognise it, and do it – that’s courage. Courage is what allows you to dig deep, and have confidence in your convictions as you move through life.
Courage can be hard, though. Many avoid the fear of failure by not going for it in life. It’s also easy to sit back and let someone else lead you, and sometimes, that’s okay. But don’t ever be afraid to go after the life you want. The courage to let go of fear you’ve nurtured prepares you for the next level of success and your own evolution.
Courage is a quality that is available to us all. It can help us to grow, push through our fears and doubts and go after the things we want. When we’re courageous we can feel more confident in pursuing something new, or pursuing our passions and sense of purpose which often acts as our guiding force to create a life we love!
If you want to cultivate the courage to live the life you truly want, below are 5 ways to get started:
1. Spend time with those who walk their talk:
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” ― Earl Nightingale
Opt to spend more time around people who exhibit the courage to create change in their lives and walk their talk. Instead of spending time around those who always complain or refuse to take action. When you choose to surround yourself with change-makers who are brave and bold enough to live in their truth, you’re provided with a dose of inspiration to live more courageously and give yourself permission to do the same.
2. Surround yourself with inspiration:
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ― Mary Tyler Moore
When we choose to fill our cup with positivity not only does it boost our mood it can also help to override any feelings of fear. To inject more inspiration into your routine you could read autobiographies of people who inspire you. As well as reading inspirational books, you can also watch films that motivate you to take action. You can also choose to fill your social media feeds with people who are like-minded and motivate you. When we’re feeling good about ourselves we’re more likely to be more courageous.
3. Make with peace with self-doubt:
“This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
Having moments of self-doubt doesn’t always have to be translated into an inability to be courageous. When we choose to move in a new direction or step out of our comfort zone, it can be common for self-doubt to make an appearance. Research has found that acting courageously requires an understanding of one’s own anxieties and limitations — denial of fear does not support courageous action.
Writing a list of your achievements and skills and keeping this list close to hand for any moments of self-doubt can be a great way to counteract any negative or fearful thoughts that can help you to reclaim your power! It would be easy to read and skip this section so how about writing a list now.
4. Step out of your comfort zone:
“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs
Often, what can keep us in our comfort zone is usually the thought of
facing our fears. Ask yourself “Am I pushing MY boundaries enough?” Choosing
to step out of your comfort zone by taking smaller steps can help you pluck up
the courage to take even bigger ones. What steps will YOU take in the coming
Read this articles for more on this topic:
a) Important Reasons to Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
b) 7 Steps To Leave Your Comfort Zone.
c) Self-Hypnosis To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
5. Make failure your friend:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
Having a fear of failure can hold many people back from going after what they want, learning to re-frame it with statements such as ‘there is no such thing as failure only feedback’ can help you to strengthen your courage to see failure from a new perspective. Some of the most successful people such as Henry Ford failed countless times before they reached a breakthrough; instead of shying away from the thought of failure, they allowed themselves to accept it as a part of their progress. When you choose to make failure your friend by looking at it as a lesson in what doesn’t work it strengthens your courage muscles to dust yourself off and keep moving.
Read these articles for more on this topic:
a) How To Learn From Failure.
b) How to Bounce Back From Being Knocked Down.
“It’s still ok to dream with a broken heart.” ― Nikki Rowe
Not every situation we are bold enough to face can be changed. However, nothing can be changed until we are bold enough to face the situation. So find the courage to boldly face the injustice you see. Look into the eyes of someone you’ve wronged and make it right. Face your fears. Face your enemies. Face your shortcomings and failures, and learn from them.
Each of us is capable of creating a life we truly love. When we choose courage over fear or self-doubt, we give ourselves the best opportunity to build a bridge from desire to reality allowing us to attain much happiness!
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