Posted on September 1st, 2009
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. ”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courage involves being bigger than the fear and doubt hovering in our space when it’s time to step into the unknown, embark on a new venture or go against the status quo. We are constantly learning, growing and moving forward in life, yet there are times when we are just about to take a new step and fear barges in with threats of doom, or doubt skulks in muttering hopeless messages. If we listen to these lies, fear and doubt grow into a seemingly impenetrable wall to block our progress.
Fortunately, as we connect to our heart and soul we remember who we are and we see through the illusions of fear. We touch into the purpose of our plan and reignite our enthusiasm to move forward. Our purpose may be as simple as opening our heart, or as daunting as expressing our gifts and talents through a new business, but with courage we can take another step.
When fear and doubt loom larger than life it’s helpful to remember that these are just feelings, no different than joy or anger. There is a fine line between fear and excitement so we can choose to cross over to the exhilarating, yet forward moving, side of the line. Doubt often feels like a suppression of enthusiasm, so viewing it as being wrapped in a heavy cloak on a warm sunny day can support us to simply take it off and leave it behind.
Insights into Having Courage
♦ Reflect over times in your life when you felt fear or doubt about taking a new step, but you found the courage to do it anyway. How did it feel? What supported you to have courage?
♦ What areas of your life have you let fear or doubt run you? What would support you to have more courage in these areas?
♦ Where in your life today do you want to take a step that feels scary or risky? What do you need to remember, touch into or do that will support you?
Inspiration for Having Courage
♦ Choose an area in your life where you would like to have more courage to make a change or embark on something new. What part of the process - the beginning, middle or end - requires courage? It helps to be aware of where you get stuck. Notice what feelings arise as you imagine taking the first few steps toward your goal. Does fear or doubt come up here or is it easy to get started. Imagine taking steps into the halfway part of your goal and notice if you get frozen or can keep moving. Continue moving forward to the realization of your goal and notice what pops up. Bring awareness to the areas that are most daunting and breathe into them. Breathe out any fear and release any doubt. Focus on the purpose of your goal and feel the joy of moving towards it.
♦ If you continually come up against a barrier such as procrastination, over busyness, or any number of excuses for not going in the direction you truly want to go, it’s time to look at the bigger picture of your life. Imagine how wonderful your life will be 1 year, 5 years and 10 years down the road if you do what’s necessary to move towards and achieve your goal. What will your life look like, how will you feel? Now imagine 1, 5 or 10 years down the road if you don’t take the necessary steps to get there - what will your life be like and how will you feel? This might spark the courage to take action.
♦ Touch into the essence of true courage right now. Close your eyes and center within yourself. Calm your mind and relax your body. Tune into who you really are: a powerful spiritual being, bigger than your mind and body. Connect to your inner courage by feeling the essence of certainty, trust and love. Let these flow together until they well into a current of courage. Fill your whole body from head to toe with the vibration of courage.
Please feel free to share your insights & inspirations on courage in the comments section below.