Much of our power is to be found in the choices we make and the actions we take, with every choice either leading us down the same familiar path or propelling us toward a new future.
Without warning, fear can take over.
There is so much turmoil in our heart and in our heads that it is easy to lose sight of what's truly important to us.
We are influenced by the myriad events in our lives--both the joyous and grace filled events and those that blindside us and leave us hurt angry, sad, or grief ridden.
Every day we make choices and are confronted with different possibilities that shape our future. We often treat these choices as if they mean nothing, as if there will be no consequences, or if there are, we will deal with them later---tomorrow, next week, or whenever. These day to day choices either whittle away at our self esteem and confidence or add to our character, making us feel stronger and more alive.
Our ability to cut through fear and to act with courage is determined by whether our choices are made from thoughtfulness and planning or while we are on automatic pilot (a non-thinking or non-feeling state that drive us to repeat old patterns).
If you grew up without a strong sense of self, you second guessed yourself constantly. Confused by the internal, doubt filled chatter, you most likely shrank in the face of adversity, hid when you needed to be seen, and kept your mouth shut when your voice needed to be heard.
Fear will have you choose what you believe will keep you safe when the opposite is true. It will have you believe that you can't do it, you are wrong, yhe cost is too high, the path ahead too difficult. Fear will tell you, "Don't even think about it. Stay where you are. It's just not the right time to deal with this."
But these are the kinds of lies that keep fear in power and you at a standstill. These are the lies that breed mediocrity and guarantee you an unfulfilled life. These are the lies that you must confront if you are going to bypass a predictable future and leap into an unpredictable yet infinitely beautiful future.
To access courage we must uncover, embrace, and accept our fear.