This week, I want to tackle the topic of courage. Courage has been on my mind because I've been noticing how a lack of courage can hold us back from making necessary course corrections. The truth is, it’s usually easier to continue down a path you've already become familiar with than it is to try something new. As much as you may know you need to change, there will be temptations to stay the same. Maybe anxiety or fear are keeping you stuck, or, maybe it's simply wanting to avoid being uncomfortable with something scary and new.
Our aversion to uncomfortable situations does not always serve us well. As scary as it can seem, being uncomfortable or making others feel uncomfortable is far from the worst thing that can happen! I know that you want to be liked. I want to be liked, too, but what is the price I'm willing to pay for that privilege? Trying to figure out which version of you that people will like the most and changing yourself to make those people happy is a huge waste of time and energy. While it may take a little courage, I want you to be honest, both with yourself and with the people in your life. Be candid about your needs and boundaries. It is kinder to you and to the people around you.
In real life, people don’t grant us permission to be constantly frustrated. So, we need to learn to reduce our stress before it overwhelms us. Honoring our intuition means making a life change when we need to. Build up courage by making one intentional decision at a time, while concentrating on being honest with yourself and others.
Can we be kind and courageous at the same time? Absolutely! While models of kindness and courage can be hard to come across in the world today, it is an achievable and beautiful balance.
What you want in life is completely within your reach. You simply need to tune into your consciousness. If you want to work with me one on one to discover the place where kindness and courage meet, you know where to find me!
Have a beautiful week! Leanne Peterson