There are many times in life when we need courage. While we are unlikely to be attacked by a wild animal when we leave our house, but there are still plenty of scary moments in our modern-day lives.
Sometimes, these involve genuine physical danger – if we embark on a risky adventure; work in a dangerous setting; or take on a hazardous physical challenge. And sometimes, mental or emotional risks – but no less scary for that. Putting ourselves at risk of humiliation, embarrassment, failure or stress can require just as much courage as putting our bodies on the line.
It is impossible to eradicate fear completely from our lives. But learning to live with and manage fear is a useful and necessary skill for life.
Choose or adapt one of the following mantras, to help you focus on facing your fears, and showing courage when you need to:
She who is brave is free – there is so much freedom in being able to face your fears and not letting them stop you
I am fearless and therefore powerful
‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ – a great line from Susan Jeffers that became her classic book title
My faith is stronger than my fear
A ship in harbour is safe. But ships were built to sail – a great phrase to remind you that life is about taking risks
I needed a hero, so that’s what I became
‘You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think’ – a brilliant Winnie-the-Pooh line from AA Milne