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Evoking Your Awesome Advatar Podcast, Part 3

Characteristics of your Awesome Avatar: Courage, strength and honesty

In this third excerpt of the The CAP Podcast, Episode 18, I talk about the first two characteristics of heroism, developed by Temple University psychologist Frank Farley, PhD, and how they apply to your Awesome Avatar. Although no hero has all of six traits, the more an individual has, the […]

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What is perfect timing anyway?

Power Thought: What is perfect timing anyway?

Listen to the audio version here or on Spreaker! [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://www.carmaspence.com/carmaspence/audio/powerthoughts/2014/20140924.mp3″] “When we decide we want everything in life to happen in perfect timing, we must give up the idea that we know what perfect timing is, how it will unfold and who is going to deliver the circumstances.” ~ […]

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"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." ~ Christopher Columbus

Power Thought: Lose sight of the shore

Listen to the audio version here or on Spreaker! [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://www.carmaspence.com/carmaspence/audio/powerthoughts/2014/20140910.mp3″] “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Christopher Columbus What this quote means to entrepreneurs: I don’t know about you, but at times the deeper meaning of this […]

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Power Thought: A definition of courage


Today’s Power Thought is not inspired by a quote, per se … but an answer to a question that was posed during a 30-day Bravery Challenge I’m participating in this month from my friend Cindy Ashton. Last Friday, she asked us to define what courage meant to us. This was my response:

“My definition of courage: feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Without fear, there is no courage. Brushing your teeth doesn’t take courage … unless you are afraid of toothbrushes or toothpaste. It is just something you do. But, if you are afraid of heights, going zip lining is a courageous act. Sometimes fear is a warning that what you are about to do could be dangerous. Sometimes it is merely a warning that you are about to step out of your status quo. When you feel fear gauge which one it is and act accordingly.”

I’ve talked about how fear stops us from stepping into our power and owning our awesome before. And no matter how much we believe that fear is actually “false evidence appearing real” … it still gets the better of us at times.

And that’s OK. Fear is going to be there, whether you like it or not. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is facing fear and meeting it face on. It is looking fear in the face and shouting, “You don’t own me!”

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