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Series – What do I want to do?: Have Courage

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky

courageBefore making any plans, whatever they may be, there is one key preerquisite, courage.

Yes, prerequisite, because without courage, one’s plans may be limited, incomplete or not reflective of what truly needs to get done to achieve their goal.

It is the courage to see possibility and the different approaches towards the goal. It is the courage needed to see the various steps needed to fulfill the approach chosen without fear of “rejection, success, failure, vulnerability, helplessness, disapproval, being conned or loss of image” (Jeffers, p. 14, 1991).

Courage is what is needed to simply say, how and when am I going to do this and no matter what opinions or preconceived notions I have, I will come up with the steps needed to walk towards my goal in a straight line, no rights and no lefts, but straight through.

If for any reason you are hesitant or fears continue to bother you, stop, and delay your planning until you are ready.

Instead, write down ALL your fears (which would probably not exceed 10), true fears, from fear of poverty, fear of being embarrassed, fear of losing friends, fear of change, etc… bring them out in the open and then write down in big words … I CAN HANDLE IT! You will accept these fears quite quickly and you will find yourself not afraid of them, but instead, recognize them and either accept them or take action to reduce the impact should they materialize.

As Susan Jeffers says in the book of “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”,

If you knew you could handle anything that came your way, what would you possibly have to fear?

The answer is: NOTHING!

(Jeffers, p. 16, 1991)

Image courtesy of graur codrin/ freedigitalphotos.net

Jeffers, S 1991, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Arrow Books, London, UK

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