Courage is faith. It is your willingness to keep moving forward and taking on life, even when the outcome is uncertain. And the outcome is always uncertain.
This is why is list courage as the final freedom element in my book, Seven Freedom Elements – because no matter how much you have prepared, no matter how much experience you have or how well you are living the other freedom elements, in the end all you can do is move forward in faith.
Your inner wisdom is constantly calling you to be one step ahead of where you are now. So it is always calling you into the unknown.
If you resist the call due to fear of the unknown or fear of failing, you are keeping yourself captive. Everything will be restricted. You won’t love as much as you could. You won’t speak your truth. You won’t declare who you are to the world or to those you care most about. You won’t live with freedom.
Without courage, you risk arriving at the end of your life with regrets, like so many who have left it too late to live a life of freedom. When Bronnie Ware nursed people who were dying, she heard the same regrets described over and over. She shared these regrets in her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Her patients wished they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life that others had expected of them. They wished they’d had the courage to express their feelings and to let themselves be happier. The questions Ware heard regularly from her terminally-ill patients were, “Why didn’t I just do what I wanted?” and “Why wasn’t I strong enough?”
It’s not hard to imagine how someone gets to the end of their life with these kinds of regrets given that most of us experience them on a weekly basis.
What is it going to take for you to finally say, ‘I will not go another week regretting that I didn’t do what I know, in my Spirit, I should have done?’
When your mind is chattering away and telling you to hold off or stay back or quit, what’s it going to take to keep your freedom and to keep moving forward to growth?
It’s going to take faith that no matter what you decide to do, no matter what risks you take, it will all turn out okay.
And it will.
As stated in the most optimism-inducing quote (attributed to John Lennon) I’ve ever heard …
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
So whatever challenge you are going through right now, or whatever challenge you are thinking of taking on, keep going.
You are wiser than you think you are.
Stronger than you think you are.
Braver than you think you are.
NOW is the time to give yourself permission to be happy. No matter what challenge is going on in your world right now, you’re going to work it out… because you always do.
This article is an excerpt and adaptation from Seven Freedom Elements, published by Morgan James Publishing (New York), released 6th Feb 2018, and available for pre-order. Click here to learn more about the book and get your copy.