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.
Step 1: What do you fear most?
What do you fear the most? For some people, they fear social interaction (also known as social anxiety). For others, they fear what others would think about them if they lived the life they truly wanted to live. The list goes on and on for everyone. Some of our fears are trivial, whereas others are shared by most people -- like the fear of death or public speaking.
Starting today, we'll give you various tips & tricks to face your fears. What we ask from you is to study your fears while journaling on a daily basis. You may come to realize that your fears are actually False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). By analyzing your fears, dissecting them, and understanding their origins -- you can begin the process of facing them!
Step 2: How Experiences Shape Our Lives
Facing your fears will take courage. The human mind is designed to avoid what it perceives as a threat. Why? Because our minds, for good reason, will do everything in its power to avoid getting hurt. If we fear something, it's because we feel it will hurt us in some way or another. That could be physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Fear can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Our goal is to help you turn fear inside out.
Step 3: Facing a Fear
Facing your fears takes courage. To build courage, you will need to go toe-to-toe with your fears. You don't have to overcome a major fear today, but we do ask that you begin formulating a gameplan to face whatever is nagging at your soul. Whether it's a fear of public speaking, a fear of driving or a fear of flying, or maybe even the fear of leaving your house -- we want you to start going "there" in your mind. Everything starts in your mind.