by Sandra Ford Walston
So much of our daily life is based on action and results. But what really is directing us? For those who truly want to make a difference and create a legacy filled with courage, you must be willing to step up and invite in a new behavior—one that leaves a mark, one that leaves a legacy—one filled with courage!
The word “courage” comes from the French word corage, meaning “heart and spirit,” which tells us that acting with courage is really about acting from your heart and spirit — from the center of your being. In choosing being over doing, you let go of old thought habits and identify with your deeper Self, your true identity. By identifying with your true heart-and-spirit Self, you claim the courage that empowers you to overcome personal limitations — the kind of limitations that prevent all of us from contributing to transformation.
Below are six examples that integrate higher courage consciousness. How many do you consistently demonstrate and what action are you willing to take to embrace them?
1. Be an example of equanimity (mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation).
2. Choose to demonstrate grace (“where courage meets grace”).
3. Be a conduit of loving-kindness.
4. Surrender expectations (expectations are a courage buster).
5. Practice courage consciousness (breathe deeply).
6. Start saying the word–courage!
Design your life with courage so you live in the core (the etymology of the word courage means “heart and spirit”) of your essence. Don’t simply be a visitor this world. Make courage your daily legacy.
Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. She found that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient.
She is the internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman, the follow-up book The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women and FACE IT! All three books are on based on over 20 years of original courage research. She is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI® and she is a certified Newfield Network coach. Please visit www.sandrawalston.com.
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