Dancing with Courage: Embracing Fear as a Guide
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Courage, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
We all feel fear.
Fear can be a powerful guide, but we need to interpret it properly.
Sometimes fear is a sign we have identified something dangerous and we need to proceed cautiously.
Sometimes fear arises simply because we are stretching into the unknown. What lies beyond our knowing is frightening simply because it is mysterious. There is the possibility of danger.
Reaching out of our comfort zone is uncomfortable.
I am building a new business. This is pushing me out of my comfort zone in almost every action that I take. I must face the fears that arise and work into and despite them.
To keep moving forward, I will need courage.
“Courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary distinguishing courage from related words.
Knowing that I am pushing into the unknown, I know that I am inviting fear. I can expect fear and resistance. To succeed, I will need to remain connected to the goal and firm in my commitments to keep moving forward. I must dance with my fears, become friends with them. I must work through or around my resistances.
My fears around my work must be my guide. If I am not feeling fear, I will know that I am allowing myself to stay in my comfort zone.
My business mentor says that fear is a sign that you are going in the right direction. I believe that is an over-generalization, but given how many ways I want to stretch myself in 2013, my fears will often arise when I am moving towards my goals.
I will need Courage.
Are you pushing yourself into new areas? How do you handle the fear that comes with moving into the unknown?