There’s a secret successful people share, and it’s simple: success isn’t rocket science. The one thing keeping most people from success in life isn’t that success is unattainable or that they are unqualified, but rather that they are allowing fear to keep them from it. Fear will steal life from you – and in this case, it steals courage, which steals opportunities and success in its wake. The suffocation of your success can be stopped when you choose to address the fears that are silencing and sidelining your inner courage. These fears come disguised – as perfectionism, procrastination, anxiety over what other people might think, overthinking – but they all stop success dead in its tracks. In short, our fears silence our inner, natural courage and make us cower from the possibility of our own success. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I recently did a Facebook Live on my Facebook Page to share five quick coaching minutes on how to stop letting this one thing – the lack of courage you feel – to keep you from success in life. You were created for more than simply sitting on the sidelines of life – you were gifted with boldness and bravery, it’s just up to you to choose to activate it. Watch the video below to get a real heart-to-heart with me on how I am confident that you can and will elevate your success to the next level by tapping into deeper levels of courage than you ever thought possible >>>
There are three main ways I believe you can invest in your relationship with courage, and in doing so, you will find yourself experiencing new levels of success than ever before, whatever the category that matters to you – relationally, professionally, personally – success will be yours.
Here are three things you can do right now:
Take the Eleanor Roosevelt Courage Challenge.
I invite you to go “all in” in a small, yet consistent way by taking this challenge. Let the famous words of Eleanor Roosevelt echo in your heart and head for two full weeks – a full fourteen days – and “do one thing every day that scares you.” These can be big things or they can be small things – it doesn’t matter because all small things are ultimately big things. Keep track of what you do that scares you and take note of your rising courage as you continue in this challenge. Taking on this challenge as part of my life’s mantra and daily commitment over five years ago was one of the most life-changing, confidence-changing and business-changing small decisions I have ever made. Courage is a relationship, not a character trait, and it is something you can grow as you invest in it daily … doing this challenge is a great way to invest in the strengthening of your courage relationship.
Remember that people are thinking more about themselves than they are thinking about you.
We overdramatize people’s opinions of us and allow the fear of what others might think dissuade us from a myriad of decisions and actions. The reality is that we spend way too much time worrying about what other people think about us, when those people are doing just the same thing – everyone is worried about themselves, not about others and certainly not about you! Knowing this is empowering because it can free you from the shackles of people-pleasing and opinion-worrying by keeping you focused on what matters – doing what you need to do, regardless of what someone may or may not think about you. At the end of the day, we have no control over the opinions of others, and so, if we want to live lives of significant success and happiness, we need to live free from this fear that holds our courage back from being in full display.
Know what matters to you, don’t lose sight of it and be disciplined in taking action, even when you don’t feel like it.
We lack in courage when we lose sight of what we really care about. It is much easier to take action and to do the things we want to do when we know why we are doing them. Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do in order to do what you do want to do. So, know what you do what to do – know what you want in life and know what success looks like and means to you – and then go do the things you need to do, the daily disciplines, to make those things happen.
The bottom line, or simplest solution for success? Have the courage to go after what you want day-in and day-out, without losing your enthusiasm along the way. It’s important to remember that everyone feels fear and everyone questions their courage – the way you feel is natural. What separates you from success is how you react to those feelings and those moments of self-doubt. Will you wallow and waver, waiting for your journey to feel safe again or will you continue to show up, pressing aside the fear and choosing to believe that you were indeed created and crafted with courage inside of you?
It’s time to let your courage shine to its full capacity. I would be honored to coach you even deeper on this subject because I know firsthand how transformational courage is when applied with full focus toward the pursuit of your goals, happiness and dreams. Come join me in The College of Confidence and surround yourself with an online community of people just like you and me who are committed to increasing their confidence and courage each and every day. You can find out more and register at www.trishblackwell.com/college. I am confident that as you continue to invest daily in your courage, your life will bloom in ways you never imagined possible and I can’t wait to celebrate those successes alongside you!