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June 2012

25 Things That Give me Strength and Courage


This morning I attended a workshop put on by a fellow coach on life transitions.  One of my take aways was to make a list of 25 things that give me strength and courage to draw upon in the face of fear. Here's my list and I encourage to create your own.  

1.  Prayer-  Asking for God's supernatural help.   Praying for strength and courage.  

2.  Music-  Courageous by Casting CrownsFirework by Katy PerryYou Gotta Be by Des'reeBorn This Way by Lady Gaga.

3.  Bible verses-

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afriad or terrfied because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you;  He will never leave you nor forsake you.

2 Timothy 1:7- For God has not given us the spirit of fear;  but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.  

Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you;  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philipians 4:13- I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 

Matthew 21:21 - Jesus replied, I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done.

4.  Positive Affirmations-

Every day I bring greater boldness and daring into my life.

Every moment of every day I am becoming more and more courageous.

Great strength lies within me at all times.

I always act in spite of any fears I may have.

I am a brave and valiant warrior.

I am bold and daring in all that I do.

I am calm and relaxed.

I am courageous in all things.

I am daring and love trying new things.

I am daring enough to face any challenge.

I am fearless when adversity surrounds me.

I am now free from all fear and worry.

I am strong, bold and confident.

I am fearless.

I breathe out all fears, and breathe in pure joy and optimism.

I am willing and ready to take risks.

I boldly go in the direction of my dreams.

5.  Family and friends who say encouraging things to me. 

6.  Positive self-talk.

7.  Visualizing my confident self.

8.  Reading something encouraging.

9.  Imagining and visualizing the best possible outcome to a situation.

10.  Attending workshops/seminars that inspire, educate, and encourage me.

11.  Setting new Big, Scary, and Audacious Goals.

12.  Playing a new song on my acoustic guitar and singing along.

13.  Participating in fun, new, and exciting activities that stretch and grow me.

14.  Being around bold and courageous people to pull me up.

15.  Being around fearful people to realize I possess strength, courage, and boldness.

16.  Exercise.

17.  Inspirational qutoes-

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” - Mark Twain

“Freedom lies in being bold.” - Robert Frost

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”  - Lao Tzu

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill

18.  Having a clean and organized house.

19.  Journaling.

20.  Drawing out a mindmap to overcome the current adversity.

21.  Focusing on just one thing.

22.  Volunteering- it reminds me that I always have something worth giving.

23.  Dressing to the 9's.  Acting as if I am confident leads to a feeling of confidence.

24.  Making a list of positive things in my life that I have already achieved.

25.   Doing something that is way out of my comfort zone.

Caring for Tomatoes and Life



Last week I got back from an amazing trip to California.  I went to San Francisco and partook in the 75th year celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge, got lost in the majesty of the great Redwood Forest, got entranced by casading waterfalls, lakes, and mountains of Lake Tahoe, and was in awe of the goliath structues and vastness of Yosemite National Park.  Suprisingly, the first thing I rushed to do when arriving home after being gone for 10 days was to care for my tomato plants.  

I bought one of those self-watering contraptions for my plants so that they would survive without my daily watering but I came back to find their soil severely dry.  It wasn't enough water to keep them completely healthy but it was enough to help them survive.  My, they had grown so much in 10 days!  I was thrilled to see their growth!  They had even started to produce new baby tomatoes!   Between my 2 potted tomato plants, I had 5 fruits.  My plants also had several yellow leaves and stems.  I carefully pruned my beauties of their ailments.  I LOVE the smell of tomato leaves on my hands and fingers.  It's so fresh and has a grounding effect on me.  I'm so fully present when taking care of my lovely tomato plants.  

What I realized from this practice of pruning my tomatoes is that we need to do this for our life.  Our lives have a way of organically growing  like tomato plants with some parts growing strong and some parts slowing dying. To support the healthiest growth in our lives, we need to step back, evaluate, and prune the parts that are holding us back.  These are the parts of our lives that drain our energy or don't add to the vitality of our life.  

There's a zen proverb that says, "Knowledge is learning something every day.  Wisdom is letting go of something every day."  

What parts of your life do you need to prune back or let go of today to achieve stronger growth overall?  This is not easy to answer.   Take some time to journal or talk about these things with someone your trust.