Have you ever realized how unsettling it is to be in fear; how your mind whirls around in chaos, your heart beats rapidly with uncertainty, your stomach flutters, your body tenses from anxiety? It is somewhat common knowledge that your body has the same chemical and physical reaction whether you are excited or afraid. It is widely taught that which one you experience, excitement or fear, is simply your choice based on the story you tell yourself. I believe in this principle.
I also believe that fear is exciting in and of itself! Now, for the purposes of this post let’s acknowledge that I am speaking of the fear that comes when you’re facing the possibility of moving outside of your comfort zone, shifting your paradigm. That feeling of fear is, perhaps, your first and most important indicator that there is something new and mysterious before you. It lets you know that this is definitely not the same old same old. At this point you come to a place of choice – proceed with courage or retreat in fear.
Staying in your fear, or worse, retreating farther into it only magnifies your feelings of chaos, uncertainty and anxiety. These feelings can begin to affect other areas of your life creating a general feeling of unhappiness, stress and fatigue. It is tiring to survive life in the shadow of fear.
Choosing courage, however, allows you the peace in knowing that you are willing to stand confidently for what you want, taking action to achieve your desired results. It is okay to experience fear. Fear is what the gift of courage comes wrapped in. What you have to decide is whether you will untie the ribbon and tear open the package to experience the fun and excitement of what’s inside, or whether you will just hold the wrapped box forever wondering what could be.
Today’s quote of the day is one of my favorites, one of my personal go-to’s when I’ve been hovering in uncertainty. Everytime I embrace this message I am able to quiet my mind, ease my tensions and move forward with purpose in the direction I know to go in. It is through living in courage that I am able to lie down at the end of the day exhausted, because of how fully I lived.
Here are some of my other favorite quotes in regard to courage.
“Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.” Lt. John B. Putnam Jr.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” Raymond Lindquist
Check back for thoughts on comfort zone and what to do when you hit the wall of yours!