It’s easy to talk about courage when we’re feeling pumped up and motivated, but when we come face to face with our biggest fears, it can suddenly become impossible to find that courage you were so confident about. How can you be courageous when fear keeps looming large? By implementing these seven habits into your life, you will make courageous, emotional resilient behavior a part of your life.
First off, get committed. “I’ll try,” is not a commitment. “I’m going to show up and make mistakes and keep showing up,” is a commitment.
Second habit: become aware of the things that don’t build courage. When you’re actively feeling stress, fear, or overwhelm, make a point of stopping to assess—how am I tempted to respond? Note down the response habits that don’t help and find the ones that do work.
Number 3: identify the fear-based patterns that get you stuck. Perfectionism, people-pleasing, pessimism, and self-sabotage are the common fear-based patterns that hook people. When you know what each of those patterns looks like, you’ll have an easier time noticing when you’re in them and consciously choosing to shift out of them.
Fourth habit: get into your body when the fear kicks up. Fear is primal—it’s in our body. That’s why you should use your body to deal with the fear, which you can do with practices such as yoga and running.
Five: listen without attachment. Rather than attack your fearful thoughts, listen to what the fear is saying about you.
Sixth habit: reframe your limiting stories. At any given moment we can use our known limitations as evidence that we “can’t,” or we can reframe them, deciding things such as, “Even if I can’t do this right now, I’m willing to practice until I figure it out.”
Last habit: reach out and create a community. Fear and self-doubt thrive in isolation, but in community, they diminish. For more details on how to make these habits a part of your life, have a look here. READ MORE
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