Cultivating Courage

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Do you face your fears, or hide from them? Learn how to turn fear inside out with this journaling challenge.Journaling can help you: Identify the root cause of fear Analyze 'why' your fears took root Create a plan to overcome fear Face your fears daily


The definition of courage is the ability to do something that frightens oneself and strength in the face of pain or grief. Another way to look at it is also the quality of being ready and willing to face negative situations involving danger or pain. Showing courage is often thought of as facing such situations without fear, but it also involves facing them despite fear. If you recall the Land of Oz, created by American author L. Frank Baum, the Cowardly Lion believes that his fear makes him inadequate. After all, a lion is supposed to be the "The Kings of Beasts" or the "King of the Jungle" -- not doubting and fearful. 

This challenge will help you recognize fear, but not allow it to stop you from moving forward towards the attainment of your life goals. The Cowardly Lion in the Land of Oz was hung up on the feeling of fear and anxiety he felt about doing what lions do although he was in fact brave. What 21-days to courage will teach you is that bravery isn't without fear. David Goggins, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, said it best:

"It's not that Navy SEALs don't feel fear. They are able to calm their minds in very dangerous situations to move forward, despite the fear."

Good luck with this challenge. I’ll check in with you periodically to see how you’re doing. And remember, growth does not happen when you are comfortable. It happens when you are facing your fears daily.

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