A Year of Courage

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

2015 is a Year of Courage. That’s my Fearless Forecast for myself.

Courage is a big, scary word. It takes courage to ask for courage. When you ask for courage, you are given the very things you fear.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

I ask for Courage anyway.

The Courage Chronicle is my story of how I’m going to chase my fears, look them in the eyes, and tell them to “sit”, “roll over” and “go, catch”. I hope that by writing about the journey to courage, I am able to spread a Culture of Courage to the willing readers. Imagine a world where we are not afraid of fear. Imagine the possibilities when fear does not hold us back. Imagine the breadth and length and height and depth of our comfort zone when we keep on pushing it further and further, taking control over our natural fear of the unknown. Imagine the dreams we can realize, the ideas we can conceive, the successes we can achieve when we free ourselves of the fears that have been paralyzing us for so long, limiting our belief and confidence.

Let’s do this! //brave face on//

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16 thoughts on “A Year of Courage

  1. I like your picture. I like the topic especially for January. Is the chronicle one you are going to publish on your blog. I like the challenge at the end, however I think it would be more effective if you challenged your readers to do one thing that scares them and then let you know how they felt. I think public speaking is one of those things people are scared about but it something that need not be scary if you bolden yourself while having fun at Toastmasters. See Toastmasters.org for more info.

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    1. That’s a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I will try your suggestion, would love to hear how the others are conquering their fears. The journal in the photo is full of ideas and I planned to share them. I’m thrilled that you mentioned Toastmasters. It’s been on my list and I’m still mustering the guts to really go for it. Have you tried it?

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      1. Thanks for asking about Toastmasters. Guests are always welcome and you can usually visit up to three times without joining to “check it out”. They are worldwide (really). Yes, I am a Toastmaster and have been since 2006. I think it’s cool that it is on your list, maybe you should show courage and go to a meeting and write about your experience.

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      2. I’m so grateful to hear this! This must be the nudge I’ve been asking for. Thank you so much! Last I checked, there is one just across the street where we live. Everything seems to be aligning just to make this happen for me. Soon I’ll run out of excuses not to. 😄

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  2. Sometimes we have the best of intentions but we fail because we fail to plan so in a sense we have planned to fail.
    I assume you have a car, when you have less than a quarter of a tank you intend to buy gas. Then you go out and get the gas otherwise he would be on the side of the road. Intentions alone get you nowhere.
    My final nudge to you to be courageous and be a guest at Toastmasters, promise you will go once. It’s a little trick that many runners use,when you don’t feel like running you promise you will go run and stop after 10 minutes if you’re not enjoying yourself. It never fails and you end up running an hour.

    http://www.toastmasters.org/Membership/A-Toastmasters-Journey

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    1. The final nudge was more like a shove (kidding!!). I am truly grateful for your advice. I browsed the site, and I will schedule the visit soon. One of these days I’m going to surprise you with a resounding “I did it, Dave!” 😀

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