About a month ago I got the idea for a last minute workshop. It was one of those ideas that felt so important, so urgent, so motivating, that I knew I had to do it.
I was recovering from a very long bout of a persistent cough and general malaise. I needed something to pull me out of my slump.
The Courage Experiment promised just what I needed.
As I mentioned, it was last minute. I was determined to offer the workshop in April, and it turned out that the only feasible date was on a Tuesday evening, immediately following the Easter/Passover Holidays.
And just like that, I was faced with one of my persistent fears:
What if NOBODY shows up?
Ugh. My old insecurities cringing at the sight of that one thought.
And that’s exactly when I knew I had to do it. I had to do it because I was afraid. This is, after all, the Courage Experiment. And because it felt so right, I knew I had the drive to do it, no matter who showed up.
I ended up giving the workshop to a lively group of 3 people. More had signed up, but weren’t able to come. It was a wonderful and powerful workshop, and it felt so good to express our fears and our courage in a such a supportive group. (This too, BTW is an experiment with courage — I’m resisting the urge to tell you that my audience was larger. )
I created a handout for the workshop, full of actionable courage-boosting tips. Here, are three of the tips I’m experimenting with now. I’ll be back soon with Part 2, and more tips. (And, I’ll also share the results from my own experiment.)
1. Embrace Your Fear – Ahh. This one can be tricky, but very powerful. Our fear is usually coming from a much younger place within. Embracing this part of yourself will help you feel more supported. So, next time you’re faced with fear, pause to acknowledge your fear and imagine sending love and compassion to your fear. Sometimes just pausing with this intention is enough to release fear. With practice, it becomes habit.
2. Admit to your Fears with a Friend – It can take a lot of courage to admit we’re afraid. Fear loves to hide in secrecy. Sharing your fears with an understanding friend or counselor will usually help dispel some of the fear. Sometimes it just feels so damn good to get it out into the open!
3. Don’t Engage the Drama– By-pass worst-case scenarios. We never know what’s going to happen, so why imagine the scariest possibilities? Fear feeds on drama, and will multiply the more we engage. Practice stepping away from the drama, and imagining better-feeling scenarios.
Remember, the idea here is to EXPERIMENT with these ideas. Courage needs to be nourished and cultivated in order to truly shine.
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