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The Importance of Courage

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The Importance of Courage

Denise Smith

Does courage come naturally to you? Are you a thrill seeker who loves to face your fears, loves the adrenaline rush, and loves living on the edge? If you are, you are in a small percentage…

Most of us aren’t…in fact we tend to avoid whatever scares us.

 

But, we all need a solid dose of it at pivotal moments in our lives.

The definition of Courage is being afraid but taking action anyway. It is about having concerns, worries, doubts, but persevering through and past that fear.

 

Whether you are considering becoming an entrepreneur and taking the bold scary steps of starting your own biz, or you are making a life change such as new hometown, new job, new step in your relationship, you have fears that can be overwhelming, paralyzing, or just burdensome.

 

Here are some tips to muster up the courage you need to follow your dreams.

 

1.       Courage is a muscle that when exercised gets stronger. So, in order to build your courage, you need to put yourself in situations that are out of your comfort zone, but you take them on anyway. Yes, at first it will be intimidating, scary, uncertain, and feel risky. But the more you persevere, the stronger your courage muscle will be.

 

2.       Focus on the outcome that you want. Everything that you want is probably on the other side of the fear. But, rather than focusing on the fear or the worry, try keeping your eye on the prize. Stay focused on the results and outcome that you are working towards. This will amp up your motivation which is a great way to counteract the fear.

 

3.       You must make your desire greater than your fear. Be fully engaged in your desired outcome. Be fully invested in reaching your goal. When you want it that badly, you can tip the scales so that your desire absolutely outweighs your fear.

 

4.       Become aware of your inner wisdom. Intuition is profoundly wise. And the more you are able to hear your own intuition, the more courageous you will be. Learn to decipher between your intuitive voice and the voice of fear. We each have both, and typically they will sound different. For example, for me, the intuitive voice is deeper, speaks slowly and with a steady voice. The fearful voice is like a high pitched chatter that speaks quickly, almost panicky. By distinguishing between the two, you will be able to listen more closely to your intuition, and silence the fearful chatter.

 

5.       Surround yourself with courageous people. It is always more scary to go at it alone. If you are looking to start your own biz, surround yourself with others who are doing it too. Having comrades on the same path helps immensely. You give each other courage by numbers.

 

6.       Find a role model or mentor that has done what you are doing. We can all benefit from finding someone who will share their ups and downs, the struggles they encountered, and how they pushed past their fears. This can be an incredible source of support. When you doubt your own courage, they can remind you of your strength and conviction.

 

7.       This is not the first time you have been afraid. Make a list of all the times you were afraid, but succeeded despite the fear. We tend to forget or dismiss our wins. Reminding yourself that you have not only overcome this kind of fear before, but succeeded in spite of fear does wonders for your confidence. The more confident you are, the better equipped you will be to face your fears head on.

 

In order to reach your goal, your desired destination, you need a well-designed plan, a map with the steps laid out, and you need to muster up the courage to get you there.

I’ll leave you with an inspiring quote from an inspiring leader…

“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

With Gratitude,

Karen Otis