How frequently do we embody courage? People talk about opening up their own business, or how they want to be able to travel the world all of the time. Whenever I ask them why they haven’t pursued those goals, however, I get excuses about how they will never have the money, the time, or the energy to chase their dreams. Why do we talk ourselves out of going for gold and settle for what’s safe?
Fear is an emotion caused by “specific stimuli”, such spiders or big life decisions, that triggers our fight or flight response (Steimer, T. 2002). This response decides whether we act with courage, tackling our fears head on, or let them defeat us. We feel failure when we don’t go for our dreams. That disappointed feeling is then perceived as another reason why we are no good (Shpancer, N. 2010). Every time thereafter it feels like there is no way we would ever be able to accomplish XYZ because we are not good enough. We begin negative self-talk like, “I’m not extraordinary like Bill Gates, he did something special”. The only difference between you and Bill Gates is that he had an idea and he went for it until he was successful. He took that first step.
Just do it! Find Courage!
Have the courage to go out for that business venture and/or leave that miserable job. Have the courage to go after what you want because life isn’t just going to hand it to you. Our brains are wired to guide us away from uncertainty, and “threat”, but that’s not an excuse. You can’t do the ordinary and expect the extraordinary. We all have this one life to live, and it scares me how many people settle for the average just because they’re scared to go for their dreams.
We found the courage to sell everything to travel the world, and it was the best decision of our lives.
You are designed to accomplish great things! Why not use this amazing life to dedicate it to what you really love?