We all have an image in our mind of our most courageous self. The person that can walk through metaphorical fires with ease and without doubts. The person who challenges each obstacle with unwavering confidence and courage. The person who doesn’t have any fears to address.
In reality, however, our courageous self doesn’t have to possess this seemingly unattainable self-assurance. Courage doesn’t mean facing your roadblocks and decisions without any fears or doubts. It means recognizing them, but choosing to move forward anyway. It means working past what could have potentially held you back, despite what may or may not happen.
Fear will always be present. It is important to note that some fear is healthy – it keeps us from making decisions that can put us in danger. But beyond that, even if you are no longer fearful of something that terrified you a year ago, there is surely a new obstacle and accompanying fear that has popped up in your life. “What-ifs” and worries will always creep up with new challenges. It is how you choose to handle them that exhibits your courage.
Courage isn’t about living fearlessly, without any worry in the world. It is about building the strength to tackle each new fear as it comes into your life, and moving through them to become your best self. It is embracing your challenges, and persevering your way through them, rather than running away and letting them dictate your decisions.
We each have a courageous self inside of us. We just need to work to cultivate and strengthen that courage, so that we can face our obstacles with bravery, rather than be influenced by our fears. While each individual has their own unique ways to tap into and strengthen their courage, some helpful methods include the following.
Courage doesn’t just show up overnight. It takes mindful practice to truly strengthen our courage and tap into our bravery. By working to access your courageous side, you’ll find that, over time, you will lead a life of bold actions, rather than fear-based choices.
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