It takes courage to stand up for yourself, so how do you go about finding that courage?
It takes courage to seek what you need and when you do, you will grow and flourish.
Standing up for yourself takes a particular kind of courage that is different from the courage it takes to stand up for others. It can be easier to rescue others when they need help than to rescue yourself because you may find it hard to accept that your needs are just as important as anyone’s needs.
You’ve probably heard this before: Courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to take action in spite of your fear.
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When we were kids, I taught my brother how to ride a bike. We had a long gravel driveway that circled around to form the letter P so you could drive up to the house and also around to the garage.
You can focus on the obstacles to your success, or focus on the way past them that will allow you to reach your goals.
We’d start at the foot of our driveway, and he’d try to keep his balance for as long as he could. It wasn’t too long before he was peddling on his own, wobbling and fiercely concentrating on maintaining his balance. At the other end of the straight part of the driveway was our aluminum fishing boat. Eventually, he got to where he’d make it pretty close to that boat. I’d shout to him, “don’t hit the boat, don’t hit the boat.”
You’re no doubt familiar with the cautionary tale about putting a frog in a pot of cold water and allowing it to slowly heat, so that the frog never realizes the water is too hot.
Sometimes you modify your attitude and actions in increments that are so small, you hardly notice them individually, yet over time, those changes take you far away from your true self.
Until at last, the water boils and the frog is dead.
Have you ever been that frog sitting in warm water, watching the days of your life pass by, unaware that you are about to be boiled alive? Continue reading