Courage doesn’t come easy, for some it requires more effort. It takes courage to be able to be yourself and make decisions that help achieve your goals. It is easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same thing day in day out. The status quo. The comfortable. Or even making decisions in line with societal expectations.
But to be truly happy and live the happy life you dream, it takes courage to get what you need. In fact, there are six types of courage you can embrace to live the full, happy life you deserve.
To keep going with resilience, balance and awareness. Push yourself to achieve but also be aware of your physical limits and knowing when enough is enough.
To be yourself unapologetically. You don’t have to change who you are to be accepted in society. If you do then it becomes exhausting trying to remember who you should be when. By being your authentic self, others who share your perspectives and outlook on life will be drawn to you.
Doing the right thing even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular. This is perhaps the hard one. You know what should be done but if you are surrounded by risk aversion or many opinions that agree with the opposite, then it is hard to find the courage to speak up for what you believe is the right choice for you. In these situations it is important to know your values so that you can make the choices that align with your self worth and belief system.
Feeling all your emotions (positive and negative) without guilt or attachment. When you are faced with a challenge that requires emotional and mental strength, quite often it is easy to give up and hope that it goes away or solves itself. Deep down you know this won’t happen. It will still be there the next day waiting.
To learn, unlearn and relearn with an open and flexible mind. Often it is hard to unlearn what you know, but there are times when you need to look upon a problem or situation with a fresh perspective. This will allow you to be flexible in your approach to make changes as needed.
Living with purpose and meaning through a heart centred approach towards all life and oneself. This means being true to yourself and what you really want to achieve. The courage to look inside yourself is often the most difficult courage to find. You might be afraid to see what you truly need to be happy or Yu may doubt yourself because of what others have told you. But when you accept the challenge to explore those doubts and desires, the benefits will be worth it.
Each type of courage may be activated at different times, depending on the situation you find yourself in. Knowing how and when o activate each will allow you to tap into each one’s power when needed.