Courage is when you align with love and power to move past fear into a state of action. For many people, courage takes willpower and practice. We are not used to being courageous due to us falling to what society dictates or because our minds get stuck in a state of fear.
How do you move past a state of fear in order to take action?
There are two approaches to fear. One approach requires you to reframe your thoughts in the moment and to lean into that fear. That is, when you pulse or heart races and you feel yourself sweating, you move into whatever is fearful on your mind and take that first step of courage. This requires willpower and self-discipline. But as you continue to express courage, the more prone you are to overcoming those fears just by getting into the habit of trying something new.
Another useful approach is to get into a state of being confident. Confidence is different from courage in that you do not have to be scared. You can look into your fear and see where it is stemming from. For example, if you’re not used to socializing, you may feel withdrawn and may not want to interact with other people, for fear of being embarrassed or not knowing what to say. It may stem from moments of being shy when you were younger and always being told that you are shy. But if you can overlook this and see that this is what people always thought of you and that it doesn’t have to be that way, if you can reframe that mindset by saying that you are a confident being who loves to express feelings and ideas, you can go straight into a state of being confident.
Courage is useful for times in which you need to exert power, but are unsure of what is holding you back. Courage means speaking your mind despite what others may say, feel, or think. It means being authentic and being yourself, while also aligning with love and power.
Courage is a way to get out of a state of inactivity. Some people may need courage, for example, to go to the gym regularly. Maybe these people are afraid of what other people will think of them if they only walk on a treadmill or are not happy with their physical state of being and want to stay private. But once they reframe their mind to understanding that going to the gym can help them improve their health, they can courageously walk into a gym and prioritize their health.
Like I’ve mentioned before, courage is the stepping stone to facing your fears. However, the biggest mindset change is to get into a state of self-confidence through eliminating negative or limiting beliefs. This requires a practical step-by-step analysis of where your fears stem from.