“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela (7/18/1918-12/5/2013)
In this life we are constantly confronted with circumstances and situations which fear seems to lead us away from where our hearts were carrying us. I know in my own experience it was fear that stopped me from taking a chance or investing my time in something I felt drawn to do. I do not believe that fear will ever leave me completely but I know that my reaction to fear will dictate what I leave the universe in my wake.
I think that courage and bravery can come in so many ways, luckily there have been some incredible examples that have walked the path of courage before us to show how truly strong we can be. I know the feeling I get on the other side of a challenge or an obstacle is such a great uplifting experience yet it still takes faith to conquer the next opportunity in my path.
Today I intend to face one of my biggest fears by leaning on the experiences of my fellows and my faith that I am making the right choice in my life. By making a conscious decision in this moment I believe I am setting forth the motion needed to follow through on my commitment. When it is time I will choose bravery over weakness and faith over fear, knowing the results will be exactly the way they are supposed to be. It takes lots of risks to learn the truth about fear, today I will grow in understanding and effectiveness.
Affirmation: In this moment I choose courage over fear!!!
Call To Action: I s there something in your life that you know inside yourself that you need to conquer? Why not make today the day that you choose courage over fear? The more courageous choices we make the better suited we will be to face the certain challenges ahead, today is the day to put in some practice and tell us how it goes so that we can all grow through each others experiences.
“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.” – Barbara Sher
Over the last week I have been in constant thought about the idea of willingness. I had heard a story about how Socrates tested Plato’s willingness to seek knowledge by drowning him. To only explain that it would not be until he was as willing to fight for knowledge in the way that he was fighting for breath could he continue to learn. This example at first glance seems a harsh way to get a message across but it carries so much weight for me right now.
I believe today that I can effectively create just about anything I want out of life. This belief comes from all of the changes that I have seen manifest over the last several years of putting change at the forefront of my life experience. Without a doubt every avenue which I have taken the time to identify, the willingness to change it and the effort required I have gotten results and my life has gotten better, As I write this now I can see several other areas where I feel change could be good.
If I honestly ask myself why I am in the same place I was when I recognized that a change would be desirable in certain areas the answer becomes very clear. I simply have not become willing enough to work on them. I may talk about them and start to believe the lie that I am doing all that is necessary to change them, but I am not. If I really want a change in any area of my life I need to consider the lesson that Plato learned that day. If I truely want my current situation to change I should focus on it with the willingness of a drowning man. Only at that point can I say that I gave it everything I had.
Affirmation: In this moment I am willing to do the next right action. (immediately followed by action)
Call To Action: Years ago I would talk about wanting to get back in shape and I never did yet I would complain about my physical status and make excuses. At some point the excuses got old and something needed to be changed. I worked on one thing, being willing. Willingness brought on a commitment that has not left me since. What are you still waivering on? Are you being honest about your effort? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get the result you want? Please share your experiences with us.