Action Steps to a Courageous Life

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The first step to living a fearless life is to know everything there is about your enemy.

“So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself,
you will fight without danger in battles.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent,
you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy,
you will always endanger yourself.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The second step to living a fearless life is to know everything about you.

“Nothing can work me damage except myself;
the harm that I sustain I carry about with me,
and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.”

St. Bernard

The third step to living a fearless life is to know your purpose.

“We have all we need to become what we are, our perfect selves. All we need to do to realize it is to recognize it, develop it and live it in action… We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces; we become the powerful force ourselves.”

Louis Bascaglia, Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human

The fourth step to living a fearless life is to have clearly defined, written-down goals.

“We need to be clear with our preferences, wants and desires, and not get seduced by the distortions exaggerated fear produces.  We need to learn to postpone an impulsive reaction for another time, and to move ahead if the desire to procrastinate occurs.”

Ivan Kos, PhD, To Dare: It is Easier to Succeed than to Fail

The fifth step to living a fearless life is to love yourself and love your life.

“When all is said and done, it all boils down to love.

Love is a funny emotion. It’s one of the strongest of our emotions and yet so often we find ourselves searching everywhere for it. Unlike fear, love doesn’t show up as soon as something looks different. In fact, unless we learn how to love — which means to give love and appreciation, unselfishly, without expecting anything in return — we will never experience the kind of love and appreciation we so greatly crave.”

Pangeline J. Edwards, Kick Fear to the Curb.

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