Last year - for one of the first times in my life - I felt debilitated by fear.
I talk about things like "everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear" and I internally know that there really is nothing to fear, only things that we conjure in our mind as 'scary.' We all endure these moments at some point in our lifetime.
But there it was. Staring me in the face, almost on the daily. I was stuck.
And there was ONE very important virtue missing from my life at that time. You guessed it - courage. To this day, I'm not sure where it went to hide?!
I consider myself to be very courageous. Because I've truly worked on pushing through the 'fearful' moments and embraced them.
However, for some reason, this time was different. I came up with the idea for my podcast, Drown the Noise, when I was in India back in January of 2016. And it took me all the way until November to get my s**t in order and press publish for the first time.
Since then, I've never looked back at the decision and I'm more charged than ever to bring inspiring content to the masses (because there really are a lot of people doing extraordinary things in this world.) And if they can do it, so can you.
You just need to find the courage within yourself to take that leap.
But can courage be taught? Is it something that you are born with? Why does it show up sometimes and walk away when we need it the most?
Many coaches and self-development guru's speak about harnessing fear and becoming a fearless warrior. But no-one is fearless. There are just some people out there that have figured out the best ways to move through fear.
Here are some tips that might help you the next time you find yourself scared to step out into the unknown.
HOW TO FIND YOUR COURAGE
FIRST THINGS FIRST - YOU MUST ADMIT YOUR FEAR
Recognize that you are fearful of whatever it is and sit with that feeling. When we admit and ask ourselves what is really going on - why are feeling fearful - often the answers we need come to us. Take your time to get clear. Sometimes fear can be wisdom speaking to you that you are in danger or on the wrong path. Accept that. But in other instances, it's presenting itself to you so you can figure out how to move through that fear.
If we are all over the place and feel out of alignment with ourselves, then fear can rear it's ugly head. Be sure to connect with your body and mind by focusing on your breath and bring your thoughts back to a peaceful time or place in your life. If you need to, close your eyes for a few seconds. Remember all the things that are going right in your life and what you are grateful for.
NOTICE WHEN YOU MOVE THROUGH THE FEAR
Be mindful of those moments when you are feeling the fear. What is your body doing? What is your mind trying to say to you. Accept those feelings. Recognize that they are there and be grateful for them. And move through them. Being courageous is an act and it takes practice. You aren't born courageous. It is something that build upon - like a muscle you can exercise to make stronger.
My wish for you is to be able to step through your fears this year and truly believe in your abilities. We all have unique gifts to offer this world - that's what makes us great.
Step into your greatness. Now is the time to act.