Courage is a personal leadership trait that is talked about probably more than any other . It is so much a part of personal leadership that it is almost like a constant companion beside by anyone who is undertaking a personal leadership development journey.
In a courageous perspective – your thinking goes something like this: ” This is important. It’s something I will pursue – and I judge it more important that what ever fear is present”.
This type of thought process represents your willingness to go beyond any of your limiting thoughts or beliefs and move forward ,even when you are not yet feeling you have the capacity to do it.
Courage in personal leadership shows up in the dilemmas that we must work through within ourselves. It’s about doing acts from the heart and small acts of courage steeped in your own personal values.
Here are some insights about personal leadership courage worth considering:
1. Understand the distinctions between big acts of courage and small ones
Big acts of courage are ones that can change the direction and course of your life. Things like becoming a corporate refugee, leaving a relationship, moving distances or other things that require your focus over a longer time.
Smaller acts of courage – are those things that can affect the course of your day. It could be trying something new,
2. Understand Trust (because it’s a foundation of courage)
When you are trust worthy, generally typically do these 3 things:
- You are being consistent and competent
- You are being caring and reliable
- You are being congruent and authentic
When you have trust, generally you are comfortable waiting in the wonder of uncertainty.
You can read more about personal leadership trust here.
3. Know what feeds YOUR courage
Your heart comes alive when you live to your values and personal passions. Aligning to your values – is one of the key foundational pieces underneath your ability to be courageous. When You align yourself with what is important to you, it’s clear on when you must act. Courage is personal. If you think nothing important – there is no heart – and no courage. Courage – It’s our own standards in action.
4. Expanding your awareness will also expand your capacity to be courageous
As you increase your awareness – it’s easier to bring in mulitple perspectives and move past energetic blocks that may have previously had you stick in your tracks.
5. Understand the snow- ball effect of courage
Just like a snow ball on a hill. Courage – It’s ever growing. The more you move beyond your pre-conceived boundaries – the more your courage will grow. And with each and every occurance of courage – your courage expands.
6. Understand how courage is interconnected with inspiration and meaning
When you are courageous – you inspire both yourself and others. When you link your courage to meaningful pursuites – you fulfill yourself and inspire and serve others.
7. Courage – it’s a directional thing
Courage is either expanding or shrinking depending on whether you are moving closer or further way from your dreams, desired outcomes or feelings.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
How to begin using these 7 insights to your advantage:
Think about what you would like to have more of or less of. Now think about what is stopping you. Take one of those barriers and identify what it would take for you to move through it. Take a courgeous step. If you would like a few tips you can read a post on How to Wake Up Your Courage
When was a time your were most courageous and did something where you were not yet sure you had the capacity to do it?