We all have fears that prevent us from living up to our full potential. Success is something that I definitely chase, but I am also very afraid of the demands that comes with it. I tend to avoid doing things that I know will require giving more of myself, but if I did I’d be much further in the game.
Being an introvert, solitude is necessary for my survival. I try to convince myself that I am content with a calm life. To a certain extent, I am but I know that riding the safety net isn’t going to make reaching my goals any easier. Sooo I’m gradually stepping out of my comfort zone, getting back into conferences (gulp), doing business over the phone (oh gawd), and reaching out more. The thought of in-person interaction turns my stomach into knots, but the results are so rewarding.
I just received a review copy of a new book perfect for the journey I’m embarking on. It’s called “What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?” Enjoy this excerpt from the book and enter to win your very own copy.
From Chapter One: What Is Courage?
What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?
By Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons
We live in times of unprecedented uncertainty. Failing to acknowledge this new reality means we live in denial and we risk fully living our lives and surviving the challenges that lie ahead of us.
Often our inability to know the future triggers the fight-or-flight response. We want to run and hide, or else panic sets in. That’s because our minds want and seek certainty and security. So living in uncertainty feels a lot like the way we felt as children when we worried about the bogeyman we were certain lived in our closet. The only way we could accept that he was not there was to open that closet door.
Now especially, when millions of us live without health insurance, struggle to make house payments and pay bills, or fear that we will become ill or something terrible will happen to us, we need to embrace courage and tap into the inner power of living courageously. We need to reach deeper inside ourselves to draw from a well of fortitude, strength, and resiliency, and forge ahead with our inner closet doors open.
Living bravely today is all about reaching deep within for a quiet power that guides us through our inner fears and anxieties, and steadies and supports us against outside forces that threaten to shake our foundations. We need to learn how to transition gradually to this new way of thinking about courage.
In this chapter, and throughout the book, we have tried to focus on courage as seen through the lens of its origins. Courage comes from the Old French word corage, meaning heart, and spirit. We have collected stories and offered some of our own that are rooted in the kind of courage that comes from the power of our hearts and spirits, a power that when we manifest it makes the world a better place for ourselves and others.
In researching this book and going to the front lines of people who seem to be living boldly in these uncertain times, we observed that most of the people we interviewed shared one collective quality: Most insisted, “I am not courageous.” In fact, they said they felt very afraid. But here’s the key that separates those who take action in the face of their fears and those who stay frozen: Courageous people feel their fear but take action anyway. Courageous people admit to being afraid, but they deal with their fears and stand up to them.
Experts say the ability to tap into our courage is one of our most important qualities for success. And they say it is possible to teach ourselves to boost our courage quotient. Courageous people pay attention to the tiny little-engine-that-could voice inside them that says, “I think I can, I think I can,” even when they are trembling in fear.
Our goal is not for you to eliminate fear, but to be able to transform it so that you can live fully in spite of it. If we can learn how to relax and reach deep within, we will find creativity, hope, and opportunity in our challenges. We want to introduce you to a team of people who are brimming with bravery, and teeming with verve.
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