Tag: courage

S02-Mind Bullet Monday 19: How Life Expands!

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

If we’re not growing we’re probably slowly dying. Sounds like a painful cliche but there is ample truth to the statement. The root or foundation of growth in personal all development can be traced to what Aristotle deemed the “mother” of all virtues—courage.

We have reviewed courage many times on this podcast. And, it’s important to remember that any virtue is simply a habit long sustained. Nobody is born virtuous and therefore we know that courage habit can be cultivated like any other habit and ultimately become a virtue.

But how and where can we apply Anais’ quote to our lives?

Martin poses questions like this:

If you learned a new skill would that make life expand or contract? Would that take courage?

If you volunteered for a leadership position at work or at a local non-profit would that make life expand or shrink? Would that take courage?

If you set and went after your big, improbably goal? Do you think life would expand? Would that take courage?

So, the question for you to ponder is, “Where (what aspect of your life) can you be more courageous?”

“Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.” ~Aristotle

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

S02-Frequently Asked Friday 15: “What If I Fail?”

Martin begins this episode by talking about his 13 year old daughter and her recent run for student council president. His first thought… “Oh no! What if she loses!” And, then he silently figures he’d better prepare a consolation speech for her.

The encounter got him thinking though about a few things. First, how brave she was (only two other candidates -girls- were willing to run) and that somewhere in her mind (perhaps) she had to be accepting of the idea of failure— not winning the election.   

Considering the value of being willing to fail further, Martin mentions that in a prior episode he spoke about the idea, what would you do if you knew you could NOT fail.

However, now, thinking about this event, he recognizes that there may be even more power in accepting the possibility of failure and proceeding anyway.

In fact, it’s the acceptance of failure not the rejection that helps to remove the resistance and may actually facilitate getting on started on ANY journey— knowing that they might fail but doing whatever they can to prevent it from happening.

Taking a queue from top athletes the idea of releasing any expectations of the outcome; whether it’s a swing of a tennis racquet, a shot going through the basketball hoop or a golf shot, accepting the possibility of failure allows one to improve and succeed!

After all, if failure is the pathway to success then perhaps it isn’t about “not failing” as much as it is about being willing to fail!

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