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When do we move into the space of summoning courage?

  1. When something is important to us but it’s challenging at the same time.
  2. When we have to lean into our discomfort (you will feel this for sure).
  3. When something matters to us and we have to step up (even though we are sh*t-scared).
  4. When we are confronted by something that is challenging or scary and we have to take immediate action.

Considering all of this there are various types of courage.

Moral courage – Doing the right thing even when it’s considered otherwise by others.  unpopular by family, friends, community, tribe or society. An example could be calling out inappropriate behaviour or speaking your truth about something you believe in even though others don’t. Your action may also risk punishment but you do it anyway.

Physical courage – Our physical body is challenged but we have to keep going. Great for building strength and resilience, especially when moving through pain is part of the challenge. Examples include taking part in a triathlon, hiking or walking long distances, climbing and physical illness.

Spiritual courage – Living with purpose and meaning and being guided by these principles in everything you do. Seekers of faith and people who open themselves up to talking to people of other faiths can be considered courageous, especially if you were taught that only your faith is ‘right’.

Social courage – standing up for what you believe in. Examples can be supporting a cause, standing up to a bully, standing up for yourself or others or being unapologetically who you want to be.

Emotional courage – feeling all your emotions but not getting attached to them. This can build grit and resilience especially when going through challenging times such as a relationship breakup, grief, getting an unexpected diagnosis. It can also be about being honest about how you feel and allowing yourself to be vulnerable in situations that may be uncomfortable.

Intellectual courage – life long learning through academia and intelligence and be willing to remain open and flexible to new ways of learning and relearning. It is about opening yourself up to questioning, critical thinking, engaging with challenging ideas and risking intellectual harm or loss in some way.

Which type of courage would you like to spend more time working on?