Firstly, what is the difference between having courage and a gut-no feeling? Courage is when you move through fear and listen to your intuition to do something that’s often difficult but the right thing. Courage is working through discomfort whereas a gut-no feeling is when you’re intuition is telling you something is unsafe.

So why is it important to have courage? Courage is the strength to go after what you want and this will open more doors for you than hardwork ever will. When you have courage you lean into what is meant for you and you have a greater sense of direction by saying and doing what it is to get you where you want to go. Often these things are hard to say and do and sometimes we aren’t even aware of what it is we want to say and do until we lean in and do it. When we vocalise or take action on what we want we often get these ‘whispers’ or hints from our body to go ahead and do it. It’s listening to these whispers that is often what is hard and takes courage. Whispers can often sound like “quit the job” or “ask for a promotion” and these often require enormous courage to take action. However courage is a necessary action to get what it is you truly want. It will lead you on a path to other opportunities. When one door closes another one opens.

So, how do you build courage? Focus on building your strengths and your values. When you focus on your strengths you focus on what it is you are good at and this builds confidence. Having a strong value system also builds trust in yourself and in your decisions which you can read about in my last post.

A few questions to determine your strengths include: What are you good at? What are your passions? What do others say about you?

Then ask yourself: What do I need to do to get to where I want to go? What strengths can I use? How can I use them? When have I used these strengths before in a difficult situation? How can I use these strengths to have courage? What actions can I take?

The first step is to vocalise what it is you want and the next step is to go after it. It takes courage to open doors. It takes courage to become who you really are. Courage will push you out of your comfort zone and towards what it is you really want. Courage is doing the right thing in the face of discomfort. Courage is hard but courage is a gut-yes!

⁃ Jess

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