When I was in my twenties and thirties I used to put on my backpack, buy a one way ticket to a place I’d dreamed of going to, and take off travelling.
None of my friends from back home had ever done it, so I had no one to guide me, and there was no one in those far flung places I went to that I could call on to pull me out of a pickle.
It was risky.
And I usually set off alone (except for the time I did an overland group trip, which I shall never do again!), so when the going got tough I just had to dig deep, find the inner resources to work out what to do, and ride it out.
In retrospect, nothing was ever bad enough that I couldn’t handle it, and those experiences were the things that made me grow, building my self confidence and self belief, but in the moment things seemed scary and overwhelming.
It helped me develop my courage and my faith so I knew that I was supported by life and everything would be ok no matter how dark things appeared.
Ditching my courage as I ditched my backpack
As I mentioned in my previous blog, ‘My most honest blog ever’, when I eventually came back to the UK in 2005 I thought it was time to settle, and as I ditched the backpack in favour of a small wheelie suitcase that seemed far more professional, it appears I also ditched some of the courage and faith that life would support me.
I’d thrown the baby out with the bath water!
When I look back over the first two or three years of self employment I can see how small I’d been playing. Scared. Lacking belief – in myself and that life had my back.
And it wasn’t a whole lot of fun!
Fortunately, since I’ve become aware of this a whole lot of things have been changing for the better in my life, but it is a work in progress, so I’m not going to tell you it’s all 100% amazing yet!
Courage really is a muscle you just need to build up in order to get more of the results you want in life.
The root word of courage is ‘coeur’, which means heart. So when you follow your heart’s guidance, or your intuition, even if things seem difficult just trust that life is giving you exactly what you need for your growth, and that you will be able to handle it.
No experience is ever wasted, and it will equip you in some way for receiving the good that life wants to bring you in the future.
So, do you live life from a place of courage, or do you need some support to trust yourself and life more?
I’d love to hear from you so let me know by commenting below or send me an email.
And if you need some support to trust the guidance your amazing heart is wanting you to hear – to grow yourself or your business – why not contact me for an exploratory call to see how I can help.
To your transformation,