What it means to have Courage
Courage is stepping out of your comfort zone. It's not always easy to get back up after a failure, but when we find our courage and try again, we learn more and more that without giving up and going after our goal, we can succeed. Doing the right thing in the face of adversity is courage. We call on our other core values, integrity, honesty and responsibility to stand up for what we know to be right. We set healthy boundaries, like saying no, instead of people pleasing and saying yes to opportunities. Courage is also needed when we make a mistake and need to take ownership of that mistake. We make amends. We may feel scrutinized by our peers, but we pull ourselves up and face adversity with all of the courage we posses to right those errors.
Face Everything And Rise! - F.E.A.R.
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
What’s the worst that could happen?
I recently went to a large convention with thousands of people. THOUSANDS! The streets were packed. We filled the entire Georgia Dome! It was nuts! Luckily, I was with some great friends, who knew of my fear of crowds. With their support, I was a part of something amazing. Sure, I had a few moments of panic, but I found the courage to rise above my fear. I continued to remind myself, "You're not going to die, you're not going to be harmed, there's nothing to fear. These are just fears manifested by my mind." Even though I knew these logical things, it didn't erase the fact that I had the fear, but it did reinforce my inner strength to persevere. Our minds are powerful and they can, at times, hold us captive when we feed illogical thoughts. I chose not to feed my fear, instead I fed my courage. I embraced the experience and I didn't have any regrets. I survived and had fun, too!
What’s the best case scenario? Can you learn from it?
Journal your fears – visualize yourself persevering despite your fears, imagine the outcome you want- turn it into a growing experience. Take this opportunity to enrich your life. I have missed out on a lot in my life, due to my fears. I never learned how to overcome anxiety or deal with life on life’s terms when I was escaping and avoiding. With courage, I am able to become more familiar with the unknown that I fear. I am able to grow as a human being and expose myself to a new healthy life. I begin to learn more about myself and find the courage and strength to open myself to new paths that I once thought were impossible. With courage I have a chance for growth and truth. My fears exist in my mind, but they are not in control of me unless I let them.
Courage transforms fear into action
For me, it takes time and small steps. This past year I have made a lot of steps, going beyond my comfort zone. I have had to meet many “strangers” and attend large events. Usually, I would become withdrawn in such scenarios, but on these occasions I accepted the fear and anxiety and did not focus on any expectations. I just stayed in the moment and embraced the experiences. Had I been in my head consumed by fear, I would have missed several golden opportunities. I found that when I am present and let go of expectations, I gain acceptance of others and I become more open to possibilities. All it takes is a simple action to reinforce your courage and lessen the fear. It is also important to continue to engage with these things I need courage for. I have to work on my courage and continue to expose myself to new experiences and I continue to grow as an individual. Each occasion grants me more strength through courage and the fear lifts more and more.