"I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott
Courage is a towering strength, one that has the revered status of a virtue
throughout the ages and worldwide. To many people it represents something quite
daunting, but in reality, it is not nearly as elusive as many believe.
Psychological courage propels a person from powerless to robust and increases
exponentially the ability to transform an impossible dream into a mission
accomplished. Walt Disney, the great dream maker, believes that, "All our dreams
can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."
I love watching the 150 watt light bulb go on during a person’s journey
forward, experiencing the epiphany that facing your fears and refusing to be
helpless makes you a mighty force for enacting your vision and ensuring the
quest to become the best you can be. The process of learning to take risks and
act boldly is truly an awesome one, the gift that keeps on giving. This is a
gift you give yourself and the one you offer to others by your example.
What do you gain by becoming psychologically courageous? You gain yourself.
There is a wonderful freedom that comes from being brave and facing your fears.
Unchallenged fear is a prison that progressively depletes your world of choices
as you comply repeatedly with its dictates. Avoidance leads to more avoidance,
soon leading to a debilitating detour from a fulfilling, fruitful life. Anais
Nin, the French author, contends, "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to
Just as avoidance leads to more avoidance, courageous thoughts and actions
lead to more courageous thoughts and actions. As a psychologist, I have worked
with so many people whose lives were tied up in knots by their uncontested fears
and by the difficulties of not knowing how to manage the stressors in their
lives. It is truly a joy to help them unlock the door. There are coaching
strategies that can be instrumental in evolving from a fear-based approach to a
proactive, self-confident march forward.
In the coaching relationship, I can help you develop the following:
Managing fear instead of letting it manage you
Making difficult/bold choices and taking risks
Being ready, willing and able to face conflict
Developing a proactive attitude toward difficulties in life
Ending unhealthy personal relationships
Making important habit changes
Making change your ally instead of your adversary
Becoming the person you want to be by pursuing your goals and dreams
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If you’d like to discover your own Positive Path, one that can lead to a life of fulfillment and ultimate personal power, contact Sharon Esonis at (760) 746-7284, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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