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Courage

October 9, 2017

It’s a topic I explore over and over again with my myself and the people around me. How to cultivate it, how to be brave even when we’re crippled with fear, how to move forward in our lives even when we’re so so afraid that we will fail, that we will be judged, and that we’re not good enough.

I’m almost certain you will be able to relate to some of these conversations.

I would be lying to you if I said that there’s a quick and easy way to overcome our fears and take brave and bold steps forward in our lives. But what I do know is this – courage is a muscle. We have the ability to cultivate it ourselves, to nurture it every step of the way, and to strengthen it with each step we take. And with every brave and bold step we take, it becomes easier to dig deep and find the courage we need to keep going. Just like any muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows.

I encourage you to start by asking themselves each morning:

How can I be the bravest version of myself today?

Maybe it’s just by showing up and sticking with it even when it feels scary and tough.

Maybe it’s by saying no to the things that will distract you from building the impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable life that you’re aching for.

Maybe it’s by finally getting started on that new project, podcast, book, or product you’ve been dreaming of but been too afraid to pursue.

Maybe it’s by replying to that email, returning that phone call, or saying yes to that coffee date that may lead to an exciting new opportunity.

Maybe it’s by reaching out to a friend asking them for help, and giving yourself permission to not have to do this journey on your own anymore.

Your fears aren’t going to disappear overnight. You’re a living, breathing, human being – fear will always be a part of this journey. The challenge isn’t to become fearless – it’s to become able to live wholeheartedly and take action towards our goals and dreams even when fear is along for the ride.

So here’s my challenge to you today: ask yourself every morning how you can be the bravest version of yourself today. And in those moments where fear, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome feel overwhelming, ask yourself – how can I be the bravest version of myself in this moment? What small courageous step can I take in the direction of the creative work and life that I’m aching for?

Comment below and let me know what being the bravest version of yourself could look like for you in the brand new week to come – I’d love to cheer you on along the way!

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