Authenticity, part 3
The third practice of Authentic Courage is Faith.
Faith is a result of motivation. This is your big WHY. Faith is the practice of moving forward, despite the obstacles.
It is the ability to seek a goal in spite of any obstacle.
To do this, we must understand that the ends justify the means.
Have you heard the saying “2 steps forward and 1 step back?”
At The Journey Center, I have a newsletter that goes out about once a month. The title of it is “3 Steps Forward.” The idea is that if we are really in touch with our WHY, our motivation, our passion, there will be no stepping backward.
Lets do a mini version of an imagery exercise I use with my clients who get stuck.
Get comfy in your chair, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Take a moment to see you goal. Feel your goal. Touch your goal. Now, put it out there in the distance. Take a few steps toward it. Notice how you feel as you walk toward the goal. Suddenly, you find yourself face to face with a huge brick wall. What do you do? Maybe you move sideways, maybe you pause, and maybe you blast a hole through the wall. Whatever you do, you know your WHY is out there, waiting for you. You do everything EXCEPT move backward.
Every step or pause is OK. There are no backward steps – as long as you are learning as you move.
Now take another deep breath and open your eyes.
When we are really in touch with WHY we do what we do, we are able to then make decisions from a place of empowerment and clarity – and move beyond the wall without moving backward.
This is how the women through history were able to do huge deeds – like staying on their seat in the bus, being the first woman leader of a country, and flying to the moon. They knew WHY they were alive. As long as they kept their eyes set on their WHY instead of the WHAT or HOW, they overcame unimaginable obstacles.
We have to know the WHAT and the HOW in life to make courage a practice. That is the first step. But, these are only guideposts. Like indicators for how we’re doing. The WHY is what keeps us moving forward along the path. The WHY is the energy source that feeds faith and enables us to overlook the obstacles, no matter how big or small.
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt