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Be more courageous every day
August 21, 2017, 11:55 am
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Have you ever had an idea or aspiration that scared you? Fears regularly get in the way of things like making a personal commitment or career change, even when they can help you create a life you love. To talk about what it takes to stop scary feelings, here are some ways you  can tap into their potential by choosing courage instead of fear — and that it all starts with knowing and focusing on what you want.

Practice being true to yourself:  Ask yourself what you want, form a vision, and make a plan so you can take action in the right direction. Then go for it! This is when the truest form of self-love and happiness will be yours.

Don’t waste time with negative thoughts:  Being courageous means letting go of negativity and excuses. You might be focusing on how it can’t work or that you don’t have enough money to do something, for example. But these negative perceptions are keeping you from feeling the joy that comes from receiving your dream. To make a mental shift, catch your negativity each time it creeps up, addressing it, and turning your attention to action items or gratitude-centered thoughts. You will likely find that life without excuses feels a lot tougher, but it’s worth it to push yourself toward positivity.

Pursue the things that make you happy: Allowing yourself to have desires and indulge in them is a courageous act of self-love.  Pursue the things that make you feel good, and allow your passion to guide you forward — the more passion you invite into your life, the less fear can survive.

Address your inner critic: Your inner critic is the part of you that says you aren’t worthy or lovable.  Your inner critic is the judgmental and inner dialogue that virtually every person hears running through their minds every day; their inner critics trying to sabotage them by telling them mean things to keep them playing small.  Since playing small doesn’t actually serve anyone, you should address your inner critic to change the negative voice to a more positive and confident one. What a great act of courage to practice each day.

Act on inspiration: True courage happens in the action, but most people don’t take action, because they don’t know how it will work out or what the next best step will be. To live courageously, you should consider the action itself a huge reward. As soon as you act on the inspiration that comes to you, the fear will go away.

 

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