Live Courageously!August 14, 2012
This edition is about Living Courageously: taking bold leaps of faith in the major areas in your life. By overcoming fear, you can empower yourself to transform your life into one which is meaningful and truly fulfilling.
I hope you find at least one idea to inspire and encourage you.
Leap and the net will appear. (Zen Saying)
Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. (Anais Nin)
Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. (Unknown)
Live Courageously: Leap Forward
Mastering Your Life through Action
How many times have you decided to do something … and then didn’t follow through? It’s wonderful to dream, visualize, and create plans, but to achieve success you have to make the choice to do something. Living your best life may require making big changes in your career, relationships, home, or health. Change can be scary because it creates uncertainty. But just because you can’t predict the future doesn’t mean you have to wait and see; instead, wait and do. Keep busy in productive and gratifying ways as events unfold.
Dale Carnegie, motivational speaker and author, once said: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breads confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Leap Now: Taking the First Step
Leaps of faith begin with passionate ideas, focused goal setting and positive thinking, but sooner or later you have to take action. My advice is to act now. You don’t have to know everything you’ll need to know to achieve your goals or meet your challenges. Do something. Start moving. Action creates excitement, builds momentum, and produces progress. As Martin Luther King said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Living courageously requires action and small leaps of faith.
Some of you know that I recently left my safe and secure part-time HR position after fifteen years. A career opportunity presented itself that would allow me fully pursue my passion for executive, life, and career coaching. Even so, I deliberated for months. I applied all the decision-making processes I use with my clients: I looked for alignment with my life purpose and career vision. I listed the pros and cons and best and worst case outcomes. I shadowed the position, and talked with friends and family. I am the first to admit there are no sure things in life, and yet this seemed like the right opportunity at the right time. I did my due diligence, then listened to my head, which said, “It looks good, I think you should consider making a move.” My heart said, “Let’s do it!” Always one to lean towards my heart, here goes — hopefully onward and upward!
Facing Failure: Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down
Failure is a part of life. As the famous quote from the inspiring movie A League of Their Own says, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” The ability to face fears and
So what happens when what you feared comes true? Acknowledge that every experience, the good, the bad, and the ugly, broadens horizons and creates new possibilities. Even a failure brings new experiences and builds resilience. Next, pinpoint what went wrong and why. Use the lessons learned to energize and guide you towards your ideal future.
Safety Is A Prison
Maintaining the status quo often seems like the safest course of action. It feels easier to avoid a friend than to pick up the phone and hold a difficult conversation. It can feel more comfortable to accept the frustrations of a dead-end job than to explore opportunities elsewhere. Failing to take action, however, creates a prison of safety. We become afraid to break free from the known, the secure, the present. Learn to live courageously by shaking off the prison of safety and moving forward to the life you want to lead.
Tips for Living Courageously
One of the most important steps in living courageously is taking action. Fear causes paralysis; forward movement gets you closer towards your life vision. Use these practical tips to inspire you to take a leap forward to bigger and better things.
Further Reading on Courage
Focus on the Future …
How can you take a leap of faith to create a better life and career? Learning to manage fear and cultivate courage for long-term success is a rewarding process that results in personal achievement and deep satisfaction.
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