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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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Are you hiding behind your fear?

This weekend, while journaling through some thoughts about why I’m not moving forward in my business in a manner I think I should be, I experienced a “Conversations with God” type of moment. And the insights that emerged for me I think could help you, as well.
In the “conversation” that follows I’ll refer to “God”‘s portion of the dialogue as HP for Higher Power, because I don’t know who I was talking to … just that it was “bigger” than me and full of love.

Me: God, please help me get to the root of this so I can move forward and walk the path I was meant to walk. Yes, I realize this struggle is a part of that path, but aren’t I a little stuck and behind schedule?

HP: Yes and no. There is no true timetable in divine mind. All things that are meant to come to pass will come to pass. And you will play your role in it.

Me: That sounds ominous and scary.

HP: It is only scary because you resist. You try to control the outcome and the path to that outcome. Let go. Let things flow and the fear loses its power.

Me: How do I let go of resistance? I try to breathe through it, but it doesn’t go away.

HP: Relax. Focus on something else that is positive for a moment. Let the fear and resistance catch up to you. Stop running. Look the resistance in the eye and say, “I love you.”

Me: Why does that idea terrify me?

HP: Because you fear the unknown. Because you fear that what you resist can hurt you. But when you are like water, nothing can hurt you … it can only divert you temporarily or show you another path you can take.


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