The Cultivation of Courage

Guest post by Jo Anna Rothman.

The Cultivation of Courage

My life started to get really good when let go of the belief that fear was a beast I could not tame. I began to ignore the call of comfort and heeded those for adventure instead. I dropped the shrouds of protection so that I could be thrust into the light…ready or not. The choice was an act of daring, one that propelled me out beyond my wildest notions and into this, most glorious moment.

I would never say it was easy. But living with an ache to experience the destiny of my creation was really no fun. I wanted to step forward. Big. Bright. As me in my entirety. Yet there I was, scared shitless that I wouldn’t…couldn’t make it. I wanted to be seen and yet I cowered at the idea. I had been working diligently in the realm of my comfort zone. All the while wondering why things were slow, unsteady and positively boring. The zing I new existed was was hiding just below the surface…and that just wasn’t going to do any longer.

What changed? I began to want me…my wild and amazing life…more than I wanted to be safe. More than I cared about failing. Or being rejected. I wanted this life I dreamed up. It was all I cared about. I knew that holding onto to make believe stories of invisible dragons was only going to get in my way. So I embraced the discomfort of stepping out of my comfort zone. I dared the dragons to find me. Fight me. Or let me go forever.

This simple act of courage slew whatever imaginary monsters there were. I reached out. Connected with others. Invested in myself. Shared deeper and with more colorful swirls of enthusiasm than ever before. I declared my place in the world. In my work. I asked for commitments. Challenged the status quo. Embraced abundance. And stopped giving a rat’s ass if things didn’t work out perfectly. Instead, I checked inside. Asked for help. Made beautiful changes. And kept on rocking.

It’s a choice. One of daring. One of love. For yourself. For your dreams. It’s a big deal to let go of the comfortable bubble created by fear and journey into the wilderness of what it is you are living to create. Yet, it is just a choice. One that you can make at any time. Choose to stop caring what others will think. Choose to embrace the idea that sometimes things will get messy. Choose to know that failure can only come if you give up. Let yourself feel uncomfortable and you will come to quickly know that it is not the end of the world. In fact, it may be the beginning.


Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.



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