Sit down, close your eyes, and think about making life changes. Emotions rise immediately in your body – some, the stuff of nightmares; others, more pleasant.
Whichever emotions arise, one truth guides them. That life change requires courage and action, in equal measure.
The minute you decide to take that step towards making a life change, YOU change. That’s the courage. The belief in yourself that you CAN do it. Courage rises in you. No one else can give it to you or help you get it. It’s yours and yours alone. It comes from within.
But all the courage in the world isn’t going to make your life change happen. Only action will do that. You have to take steps forward, away from your old life, and towards your new life.
This is where most people fall down. They think that they’ve done the hard part, that the summoning up of courage in itself will see them through this life change. But they’re wrong. Only action will do that. One-foot-in-front-of-the-other action.
Unlike courage, action needn’t to come from within. You can get help with it. You have to take the action, but others can help you along the way. They can help you in all sorts of ways: clarify your goals; define the steps needed; provide you with systems and tools; hold you accountable; cheer you on; hold your hand; celebrate your accomplishments.
Courage and action. They are in our nature. But, other than in exceptional circumstances when we’re spurred into fight or flight mode, we’ve been distanced from them. We’ve forgotten that courage and action are two of our innate values. Values which we need to bring back into the fold, because we really need them.
We need courage and action because life change is the only way to move forward.
And moving forward is what makes us grow.
Moving forward makes us better versions of ourselves. Less fearful. More self-confident. Happier. More self-fulfilled.
And isn’t this what truly living is all about?