Do you think you were born with courage? Or are you like the cowardly lion in “The Wizard of Oz” and think you need to see the Wizard to get it? Courage is something we all have. No one, not even the wizard can bequeath it to us. We summon it, command it when we need it!
1. It takes great courage to live a life true to yourself and not true of others. It’s much easier to live a life true for those loved ones around us. For example; My dad was a farmer and he always wanted me to take over the family farm, so that’s what I did. Or my mom wanted to be a nurse, but instead she raised us kids, so she pushed me to be a nurse. I never thought of doing anything I wanted to do or what I was good at. If you have this pattern of living a life that others want you to live, then what do you think will happen as you approach the end of your life? Do you believe you your life was full-filled and happy? Would you have regrets? I believe you probably would have all of the above. That’s why I say – it takes great courage to live a life true to yourself! If you learn this early on, you will have a true and happy life.
3. It takes great courage say no. I believe it’s in our nature to want to please others by saying yes, but most of the time it hurts us more by agreeing to something we truly want to say no to. Our intuition tells us to say no, but out of our kindness we don’t say no. I’ve been shown this lesson time and time again. I finally get it. It’s okay to politely say no. I sincerely say “No, I’m sorry I can’t.” I don’t even give an explanation as to why either. There really is no need and in most cases, people don’t ask for one. Be strong and say no if your intuition tells you to. Don’t explain. Don’t feel guilty. Move on. It’s for your greater good. The true gift - it leaves room for things you want to do.
4. It takes great courage to make change happen. I hear people every week tell me they don’t like their job. They are stuck in a rut and can’t see a way out. They are very unhappy. I could tell them all the positive things about them, what skills/strengths they have, or even write their resume for them, but if they don’t see all those great things about themselves, then they won’t even make a step towards changing anything. People will stay unhappy rather than make a change. Don’t you think that’s a shame? To stay unhappy in a job because you’re afraid to change? Don’t be afraid of change if there is a possibility of being happy!!!! To me that’s a "no-brainer". Take steps to make the change happen. Small steps if that’s what it takes, but take steps. Happiness is the goal. Don’t let fear stop you from anything.
I share these acts of great courage with you because I have gained great insights within the past two years. Life is short, and we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. My life was almost taken in an instant. My life was change. My perspective of fear – of living was changed. At the end of my life, I don’t want to have any regrets of living a full, happy, courageous life. Be true. Live Life Like Its Yours!
Deanna Cloe is a published author, international speaker and business consultant. She was a C-Level executive for over 30 years. After going through a life changing event, she purposely began a journey of self-awareness and became a strong advocate in helping others do the same. She is passionate about helping others, sharing her knowledge, and inspiring others to make their dreams a reality.
Deanna has a family history of military service which includes Marines, Navy, Air Force, and the Army. Her life has been richly blessed with unforgettable life moments by living all over world and experiencing other cultures. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Learn more about Deanna's work at www.dlcloe.com. You can connect with her personally via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright Deanna L. Cloe 2016