The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. ~ James Allen
A courageous life requires that you consistently take action in order to build your confidence and your risk taking muscles. When you hold back out of doubt and fear, you live small, settle for less, and cheat yourself out of an adventurous and exceptional life.
Life is too short to live with regrets. Everyday there are fearless, physically, mentally or emotionally challenged, people doing incredible things.
My daughter Kristy was born without a right hand. She was determined to play the same sports her three sisters did. She struggled. She went to practice early and stayed late. She asked for extra time with the coaches. She never gave up.
Early on, she dedicated herself to softball, soccer, and basketball. She never gave up and later attended the University of Chicago and played on the soccer and basketball team for two years before she reached her limits.
Today Kristy is a manager for an athletic shoe company. She competes in marathons and triathlons. She has zero tolerance for complainers.
What is it that you want to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver
Don’t waste your time with the excuses “It’s too late” or “the economy is bad.” It’s time to be insanely creative and amazingly brave. It’s time to make an intentional choice to be bold, take risks, and create a loving world.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie
How to have a fear feeding frenzy:
Terrorize yourself with stories of fear.
Visualize the worst case scenario.
Forget to breathe and overextend yourself.
Ruminate about your future.
Dwell on old memories of past failures.
Watch CNN regularly.
Waste time doing meaningless things
How to feed your dreams:
Do what it takes to make your dreams come true. Live your best life. Get an accountability partner. Keep your commitments. Take action. Manage your money. Fear can’t survive in this kind of environment.
Expect a positive outcome.
Make a list of what has gone right in each area of your life. Each time your mind goes to “what if it doesn’t work” reread your list. Believe in yourself. Believe that the world is plotting to do you good today.
Give up the need to for perfection.
Begin where you are, with what you have. You can learn along the way. There is never a time when you “know it all.” Ask for help. Get a mentor and make small consistent improvements. Accept imperfection and make continuous improvements.
Develop bounce-back muscles. Don’t give up when things get tough. Learn to be resilient. Give it all you’ve got. Change what you can. Surrender the rest. Refocus and move on.
Let go of judgment. At times you don’t know our own best interests. You don’t know what anything is for. You can’t see the bigger picture. Allow others to be who they are. Allow life to unfold.
Be consistent and persistent. Do what you need to do when you need to do it. Make a plan and work it. Go the extra mile. Ask again. Rise earlier and retreat later. You’ll gain momentum and things will get easier. Take one day at a time. Never give up.
You have to power to think brave thoughts, make fearless choices, and take bold action. When you consistently starve your fear, you see yourself as a bold and courageous person and the world opens up with limitless opportunities.