Are you wanting to live with courage but not sure how to start?

We’ve all read or watched different stories and movies about the character who doesn’t believe that they are destined to be a leader or some pivotal figure in the story. They struggle with the idea or even run from it.

We’ve all read or watched different stories and movies about the character who doesn’t believe that they are destined to be a leader or some pivotal figure in the story. They struggle with the idea or even run from it.

I think the reason why we are drawn to these types of stories is because we can identify with the person before they become a hero or great or accomplish whatever it is they do in the story.

Not sure about you, but in the past I’ve struggled to believe that I was able to live like those in the stories that I read and watched.  I would look at them and believe, well they were just great all along and just needed someone to help draw it out of them.

Then it dawned on me, what if I was like that too? I had the potential for greatness but I just needed to have it drawn out so I could realize it and live it. 

I believe we all have that potential. We all have something that we are destined to do that is great. Something that will serve other people, to create something that will make the world just a little bit better for those around us.

The trick is stepping into it and owning it. One of the common themes I see in those stories is that the hero first needs to step into who they are, the core of what makes them unique. Realizing their authentic self if you will.

Without truly knowing who they are and being at peace with that truth makes it very challenging to be the person that they are destined to be.

This isn’t the same as looking around you and simply believing that your authentic self is only what you see around you. It is seeing what isn’t there, what others don’t see yet and stepping into that part of you that helps you move toward that authenticity.

Many of us, myself included, probably have struggled to have mentors in our lives for any length of time. But I would encourage you to look for and find a mentor that can be honest with you, that can help you see your blind spots and your areas of opportunity.

If you don’t have a mentor that you can look to, the next best thing is to read books from great people. In those pages they pour out their thoughts and their best advice that they can give you. Sure it isn’t personalized to you specifically, but you might be surprised how much you can get out of focused study.

One of the key activities that I choose to do on a regular basis to build the courage on the inside for me is to nurture my ikigai. Nurturing the different things that help me get out of bed in the morning and truly look forward to doing gives me hope for the future.

Whether it is going to the mountains to go climbing, hiking or camping or spending time studying Japanese, these things are things I look forward to. That is what gives me the courage to do things that I am not very good at, because I know that I will get better if I keep at it.

Showing courage to ourselves is really the first step in being able to show courage to others and being courageous for others.  You are worth it, you can be the hero of your story, you only need to stand up and be that person.

#courage #ikigai #innerharmony #worklifeharmony

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