Courage is usually associated with acts of heroics or facing life’s toughest challenges. The recent rescue of the 12 children and their soccer coach from deep within the caves of Thailand, showed courage, not only by the rescuers but also the children and coach who sat in darkness for many days waiting to be found and rescued.
We see courage in those who are facing personal battles, such as my friend, Denyse Whelan who has shared her battle with Cancer and her journey through her blog.
My MIL and others, like her, who came to a foreign land by boat, with only a suitcase, their husbands and children and unable to speak the language.
We are all inspired by those who show courage BUT we all have that courage within us and can draw on that courage even in daily life.
In my recent post, It’s Never too late to embrace life, I wrote about feeling restless and wanting to make changes in my life. I am looking for my ‘What’s Next?’. It’s never too late to make changes but CHANGE requires courage as change can be daunting. Most of us fear making changes which will disrupt our comfortable life.
We fear making changes because we don’t know if the change will be better or not. The grass may not be greener after all.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
This quote from Steve Jobs reminds me of how I’m feeling at the moment. I know in my heart and ‘gut’ what I would like to do or change but do I have the courage to make the changes?
5 effective ways finding your courage will improve your life
Finding your courage to make changes or face any fear or challenge will improve your life through the experiences and learnings.
It takes Courage to:-
1. Accept that you might fail
Part of taking the leap and having the courage to make changes is accepting that you might not succeed the first time. Courage in taking the risk to find out is worth so much more than not trying at all. You don’t want to live with ‘if only’s’.
2. Overcome your fears
Yes, we have all read this in self-help books and sometimes it is easier said than done. However, fear can be overcome. Finding the courage to face our fears head on isn’t easy but once you do, the feeling of euphoria, satisfaction and joy is worth it all.
Taking a step back to evaluate exactly where you are and where you would like to be, will help you make changes. Sometimes this takes courage because you have to be honest with yourself and how you are feeling. Perhaps you won’t really like what you find, but know in your heart that where you want to be is right for YOU. We can’t live our lives continually trying to please others. It takes courage to make a plan and put it into place.
4. Take it slowly
Change, or whatever fear or challenge you are facing, may not be easy to overcome immediately. Taking baby steps out of your comfort zone towards overcoming your fear will build strength and courage. Look at it like a marathon run. Yes it is long and hard but you can do it. You need to train and take each run at your own pace so that you can cross that finish line.
5. Take action
As I mentioned before, we don’t want to live with ‘if only’s’ because we are afraid of failing or just afraid. Taking positive action and ‘following your heart and intuition’, no matter the outcome, builds your strength and resilience to life. You aren’t just stagnating, you are moving. Hopefully you are moving forward but sometimes the journey may take unexpected twists and turns.
Is there something in your life that needs you to be courageous? Are you willing to face that fear?
Replace the ‘if only’s’ with ‘I will’