Can you believe it? We are now on the final stretch of 2020. It’s been a strange old year. At times – during lockdown, it felt like time had stood still and yet here we are – with less than 90 days remaining to year end.
September it seems, just passed in a flash.
Earlier today, I had a call with a young woman who has recently started her own Coaching Business. As we chatted and shared our experiences, she remarked – wow! – you are so courageous. This in reference to some of the choices I have made in recent years.
But when I first heard someone describe me as courageous in this context, I didn’t understand it. What a strange choice of word I thought, to describe having the time of my life and doing what I LOVE!
Because you see, like most people, my understanding of the word Courage was fairly traditional. It was about firemen rescuing babies from burning buildings. About people putting themselves in danger – taking action to intervene when a crime is in progress or putting their body through some grueling challenge.
But actually, the word itself comes from the Latin ‘COR’ meaning heart – and the word ‘COURAGE’ means to live from the heart – or to live WHOLEHEARTEDLY.
Ultimately, Courage has little to do with heroic acts and EVERYTHING to do with the choices you make – moment by moment, day by day, right throughout the course of your life.
Think of it like this…
Every time an opportunity challenges you to be MORE than who you presently are, you are acting with courage.
Every time an opportunity pushes you to take responsibility for the state of your life, to express yourself authentically, to act with integrity, open your eyes and your heart to the full experience of life, you are acting with COURAGE.
Every time you say YES to what inspires you and NO to what drains you, you are acting with courage.
THOSE opportunities to act with courage, arise every single day of your life.
In fact, the first and greatest form of courage is the courage to take responsibility for your own life.
Like it or not, you alone are responsible for the person you are today, the state of your heart and the shape of your life.
The decisions you make moment by moment, hour by hour and day by day are shaping your life – whether you realise it or not.
But the moment you DO, the moment you see it, you ‘get’ it, and you realise how much power you have – that this is YOUR life, and your happiness, your relationships, your sense of well-being – everything starts with you…. then the magic happens.
YOU get to take back the reins.
Of course, things will happen over which we have no real control.
That’s true for all of us. We don’t have the power to control everything outside of ourselves, but we CAN choose how to respond in every single moment.
This is YOUR life and since I am assuming you would like to enjoy it, then you need to own your experience of it fully. And by fully, I mean you need to own every single aspect of it.
So take a closer look at each of the different parts of your life and ask yourself – in which of these key areas do I feel most satisfied?
In which of these key areas do I feel LEAST satisfied?
Do you accept that you are responsible for the shape of your life today?
Are you doing all that you know how to do in order to improve this area of your life?
What action can you take today in order to shape a better future?
Not sure? Maybe I can help.
Drop me a message with a few lines of text to describe your current situation and I will respond with my thoughts on what action you may take in order to improve it.
x love and courage x
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