Not many people know this about me but I’m actually a very shy person. When you see me on stage or experience me in a webinar, you would never guess it.
Even if you met me at a live event you would not suspect that the younger version of me used to feel intimated whenever I met someone new. I shied away from doinganything that would feel scary.
One day in my early 30’s I was invited to attend a transformational personal development program. I put it off for several months until a day my friend convinced me to just try it. Reluctantly, I enrolled. After 3 days I signed up for every course they offered. During the level 2 course I had a deep epiphany that if I wanted my life to be different I would have to be willing to get uncomfortable and shake up my life a bit.
My turning point took place in the middle of a very busy San Diego Gaslamp district on a Friday night where the event “team” made me slay a huge stuffed dragon. At 10:00 pm. When the streets were lined with bar hoppers.
I was terrified. But I knew I wasn’t going home until I did it. So I stepped up and found an ounce of courage, ran into the middle of the intersection and fully went for it.
I slayed that damn dragon with every ounce of drama and bravado I could muster up. The crowd went wild with applause and cheers. And instead of feeling shy I felt like I could conquer the world.
Last week I taught my Inner Mastery Class on Finding Courage in Tough Times and I shared a few simple ways you can boost up your courage when you need it most. Here’s three I’ll share with you:
- Win a Small Victory
Sometimes courage is found just by being willing to tackle a small step. Whether you try again the next day or make a difficult phone call, taking one small step towards your big audacious goal can create momentum.