The courage comes in the trying, not in the reward.
“Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!” – The Cowardly Lion
Courage is…doing what we’re afraid to do. For many, that means confronting past events or situations that are painful. For others, it means resolving to change relationship patterns or become a better parent. Whatever the case, we all possess the knowledge, experience, and most importantly, compassion to guide ourselves on a path toward healing, balancing acceptance and change. But sometimes we need that extra umph to find it.
Accepting courage means acknowledging and respecting fear. Fear is a normal part of the process – anything worth doing is difficult. Try these 4 steps to embrace your fear and allow the courage to come in:
- Face your fears – Start simple and begin journaling your fears. The catch here is to acknowledge the feelings you encounter as you write them down. Be aware of ALL of the feelings you might have – negative AND positive.
- Do what scares you – Start small and notice how rewarding tackling even a tiny fear can feel. Then step up your game!
- Embrace uncertainty – Doing something new is not dissimilar to jumping off a cliff into an abyss. We have NO idea what exists on the other side because we have never been there before. Challenge yourself to be ok with the abyss, as scary as it might feel. It can even be as simple as picturing what the other side looks like as a way to calm the anxieties or you can even go as far as to draw a picture or create a vision board.
- Challenge yourself to be vulnerable – SO tough, right?! Here’s the most amazing part about vulnerability – when we start to allow ourselves to show our vulnerabilities to others, they start to feel comfortable in allowing theirs to meet ours. It is one of the most fundamental parts of humanity that we all need to do a little bit more.
Ease into the courage Beacon Buddies! Practice is key – we would never ask you to jump into the deep end without securing the floaties first.