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Five Ways to Cultivate Courage - Mindful

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Five Ways to Cultivate Courage - Mindful
Courage does not always mean the absence of fear. Sometimes, it means being scared, worried, unsure-and yet still finding a way to do what you need to do. Courage is the savior that marches alongside us when fear shows up.

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Make fear your friend

Make fear your friend

Your fears will never completely disappear, and you will never win the battle against them. 

When you can finally accept fears and invite them in, it makes courage more accessible.

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Courage as a mindful response to fear

Fears can propel us to new heights if we choose to respond to them mindfully instead of reacting to them blindly. 

Doing this allows us to become bigger than our fears and act thoughtfully despite them. 

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Commit to action

The first step is not actually taking action, it’s setting the intention to act. 

Announce that you are committed to taking action. Own it, and have others hold you accountable and inviting them to lift you in support. 

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Be vulnerable

Sharing your fears and anxieties with others can make them seem far less scary and insurmountable. 

You’ll realize you’re not alone, and once you feel the strength of a community surrounding you and the empathy of others who understand your situation, it’ll be easier to take that leap.

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Do it for others

Do it for others

When our actions impact more than our own lives, the ripple effect, including inspiring others to move to action, can provide us with a great sense of empowerment.

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Vulnerability is an act of courage because you merge with your authentic self, instead of hiding behind a facade to appease others.

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