Replacing Fear with Courage

09/20/2016 12:54 am ET

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? What are you afraid of? Maybe it’s a career change or a move to somewhere far away. Jumping out of an airplane? Climbing a mountain? Running a marathon? Let’s be real, maybe it’s just reading a book from beginning to end without five years passing in between.

Whatever it is, finding the courage to do it can be hard. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. Fear is a pretty strong force, but it doesn’t have to control you or keep you from reaching your goals.

Believe in yourself.

Take a good hard look at yourself and see the good. This is not the time to listen to your inner critic but rather, find a positive voice and be louder. See your strength, your bravery, your worth, and believe in it. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Tell yourself that you got this. Because you totally do.

Find your people.

Look around at the people in your life and find those who believe in you. Those are your people. Hold them close and don’t ever let them go. They will be the ones to cheer you on and hold you up when you can’t quite do it on your own. They will also be the ones reminding you of how worthy you are of this journey. Let yourself be vulnerable to them. Ask for help when you need it.

Find your why.

Why are you doing this? Purpose breeds courage and will serve as a reminder to you on those days you feel like quitting, that there’s a bigger picture. Life happens and it’s easy to get thrown off course or caught up in other things. But remembering why you set out on this path will help guide you back to it.

Dig deeper.

When you feel like you can’t do it anymore and you want to quit, go a little further. Remember your why, lean on your people, and remember that you got this. You’re stronger than you think you are. Push yourself just a little further and you’ll get there.

Just do it.

It’s completely cliche. But it’s tried and true. When all else fails, just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Get out of your head and get it done.

Your dreams and goals are worth the work. Just remember, it starts with you. Believing in yourself will enable you to find the courage you need to make it happen. Your people will be there to cheer you on and your purpose will keep you moving forward. You totally got this.

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