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April 2017 Act With Courage

April 3, 2017


Can you recall a time when you did something you felt was very courageous? Or, perhaps there is something courageous that you need to do? When someone has shown courage, this reflects a very admirable trait that tends to earn respect. Courage is often seen as a valued quality in business or when someone has pulled through a time of extreme struggle. Some experiences and situations that call for courage:

  • To be authentic. Authenticity requires courage to be who you are. 
  • Having a big, lofty dream or feeling a nagging pull toward trying something new. Courage is needed to follow your heart and dreams, even when feeling doubt or fear and choosing to take the first step toward your new endeavor. Just because you are deciding to take a risk or try something new, doesn’t mean you have to go full force. Take one step at a time, wait and see the results and then take the second step. Cautiously keep going until you reach your desired result.
  • Persistence, persevering through obstacles and challenges. When striving for a new goal, one of the most challenging obstacles may be bearing the difficulties calmly without complaining. Limit the assumptions and allow perseverance to inspire you to achieve the results you want. 
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone. Courage is definitely needed if you want to try something new or experience unlimited opportunities in life. Sometimes we are averse to trying something new because we think we will fail – but failure can teach valuable lessons
  • The courage to say “no”. Perhaps you feel you have all you can handle with projects, activities and responsibilities. When someone makes a request for your time and energy, having the courage to say “no” can do wonders for your well-bing, health and peace of mind. 

Focusing on using courage during a time of uncertainty requires a state of mind. We can use courage during both major situations and when facing more minor issues. It is important to develop courage because this helps empower us to face problems head on. We develop experience even if we don’t always get it right or things did not turn out perfectly, we can use the situation as a learning experience in what we gained from it, the new skills we acquired, appreciate the wisdom and knowledge and use all of this information as preparation for any future challenges or uncertainty that comes are way.

We can develop courage when we are aware of any fear or doubt that tries to creep in. Experiencing some fear is inevitable. Recognize it for what it is and allow it to inspire, motivate your willingness to be courageous. Take a look at what the consequences would be if you DIDN’T have courage to take action and allowed yourself to stay stuck in fear. The consequences of not meeting you dream can help inspire you to find the courage and take the next required step. In order to build courage, it is crucial to have the right mindset and imagine positive results. Think of a past experience when you felt fear, yet took appropriate action anyway and succeeded. 

Lastly, have self-compassion for your fears and any negative beliefs that tend to creep in. Acknowledge the fact that you are aware of them and have the willingness to shift your perspective to positive steps that will help get you closer to your goal.

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Act With Courage!


May 2015 Courage

May 2, 2015

Beach Sunset

When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Feel empowered to try something new. You have a wealth of strengths, skills, knowledge and experience to live your optimal life. How empowered would you feel if you were to walk the path of your own heart?

Wishing you courage and love this month of May!

~ Nancy

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Are You Too Cautious?

February 14, 2012

I had just finished my run in Palos Verdes and was standing at the intersection on Palos Verdes Boulevard and Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach when that word popped up for what seemed like the third time this week. Cautious. I overheard a couple who had seen me cross in the cross walk and the car that drove in front of me when I was only half way through the cross walk. As a pedestrian, I had the right away. This couple shared their experience when they drove into this same cross walk while a pedestrian had just stepped off the curb and they were given a ticket. Ever since this experience, they are both more cautious. This type of caution makes sense, being a safe driver and following the road rules and laws is necessary.

However, being cautious in life happens in various ways. A friend of mine experienced being cautious after a fall during a trail run due to the uneven terrain. Now, she only runs on flat surfaces such as on the Strand. She admits her runs are always the same route now and no longer mixed with different scenic trails, but at least she feels safe.

There are many situations in life that will cause us to become more cautious. It could be from a financial struggle, relationship issues or some type of alarming experience. These are times that we can certainly learn from. But sometimes we can become too cautious in life and we begin to feel stuck or limited from moving forward into becoming our full potential in life. When we are presented with an opportunity, challenge, problem or obstacle it is important to not focus on the dark negative side of everything.

Perhaps you find yourself weighing out the consequences of every action, every decision and this leaves you hesitant, second guessing and so you procrastinate, put things off or maybe you simple don’t do anything. It is normal to feel nervous about making a change, taking a risk and moving out of your comfort zone. Feeling nervous doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try something new. Sometimes it can help to focus on the facts at this time instead of your feelings about making a change. Taking time to carefully consider the facts will help you to better decide whether a course of action is right for you.

As a lifestyle empowerment coach, I have explained to my clients that the mind makes things so much scarier than they actually are. Often it is more of the anticipation of the unknown outcome that is keeping us stuck in our comfort zone than our desire to try something new.  It can be encouraging to start with one challenge, opportunity or obstacle at a time. Recognize that even just attempting to face a fear head on can help to move you out of your comfort zone. Become aware that even if your fear isn’t totally cured you can accept that no matter what the outcome -whether you win, loose or regardless …  You will develop more courage, faith and a stronger belief in yourself. Your personal growth does wonders for your self-confidence and will remind you that anything is possible when you embrace stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Yes, you may cautiously begin to say yes and do things that previously would leave you stuck in your safe world of monotony. It can help to go at your own pace. Just because you are deciding to make a change, take a risk or try something new doesn’t mean you have to go full force. Take one step at a time, wait and see the results and then take that second step. As you begin to feel more comfortable and confident, you will begin to take larger risks.

Begin to live life more fully that will allow your mind and heart to discover all the amazing possibilities out there.

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