Up your courage!
If you could be 10 times bolder, what would you do and who would you be?
I pose this question inspired by clients working on issues that require great courage. It’s developing that courage, like developing a muscle, that takes us to a place of greatness, and the ability to impact change more effectively.
Where could you develop a little more courage? Here are some areas to consider, with some tips as to where to start, and statements of others who found their courage.
- What do you avoid, hide, or ignore?
One area that many of us ignore is finances. Two GREAT books for really diving in and clearing out old belief systems about money and your worth are:
Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
Sacred Success by Barbara Stanny
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” ― August Wilson
- Where are you holding back? Do you sing, write, or have a secret ambition to compete? Are you afraid of expressing yourself fully?
Remember: “Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.” ― Emma Donoghue, Room
- Are you successful, and competent, but down inside, you know there is something more for you to do? Do you lie awake concerned about the state of the world? Are you stepping up to accept the challenge?
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant
- Are you speaking up or holding back? And what about applauding when other women speak up?
A journalist bravely speakers her peace. Her email is at the end of the article. Do you think it would make a difference to applaud her? You bet it would!
Female senators stand their ground despite threats and bullying. Should we support them even when they represent another state? Absolutely!
USA Today featured a girl’s soccer team with 4 girls who have chosen short hair like Abby Wambach. Other teams, and worse…parents of other teams openly, scorn them. (USA Today, Aug 8, 2017) Do you read the article in disgust, or do you respond to the article with an action? How do you take a stand for courageous girls?
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Journal on this for yourself. Where do you need courage to make a change? What would you like to leave as your legacy?
“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.
I would love to hear from you regarding what you would do with a big dose of new courage! Here is a link to my calendar, if you would like to schedule a complimentary “Possibility Session” to explore what that might be for you.