On my 35th birthday last summer, my husband and I went to my friend’s trapeze show at Pier 40. On a fairly major birthday, I couldn’t think of a more fun, inspiring activity than to watch my friend and her classmates fly through the air, with views of the NY skyline and the Husdon River in the background.
I admire my friend for many reasons. She follows her passions with a sense of adventure, pushing herself to do things that are a little scary. I love her commitment to her vision of her ideal life. It would be easy to settle for what is already known, safe, and comfortable. Instead, she embraces the amazing life she has today and risks moving towards an even more amazing life.
Not everyone needs to go to trapeze school (heck, most of the country doesn’t have a trapeze school within 100 miles), but there are so many ways we can practice courage in our everyday lives. It’s exciting to challenge ourselves, to have something to work towards–whether in our career, health, or personal development.
This year, I’m excited about writing this blog, connecting with readers, and growing my coaching practice (read more about that here on my Coaching page). I set goals for myself such as posting twice a week, reaching out on social media, and reading other coaches’ blogs to clarify my own approach to my practice and to connect with a community.
Change is risky–I’m not in control of the results–but doing something new can be worth the risk. It can actually be costlier not to risk doing something differently!
I need courage to balance my coaching practice with my work in publishing and music; spending time with family; and self-care. However, I wouldn’t trade any of it–I’m very grateful for an abundant life.
I admire my parents for their courage, as well. My mother was a university English professor who completed her dissertation when I was in my teens and early 20’s. The experience impacted her so profoundly that she started her own business, NW Coaching, as a dissertation and life coach, helping others to complete their own dissertations by setting goals and breaking them down into manageable baby steps.
My father showed persistence and dedication in his lengthy career as a government economist and senior executive. He honored his top values, family and career. It couldn’t have been easy to balance the two.
It can be gutsy to work hard, and equally gutsy to work less. My dad transitioned from a busy career to retirement, and is now enjoying pursuing other interests and spending more time with my mother and his extended family. My mother also left one of her jobs to spend more time with my father.
Life presents us with all sorts of choices that have the potential to lead us into our most fulfilled selves.
What’s one area of your life where courage could be an ally in making great strides towards your goals? What area of your career, health, or personal life do you most want to improve or enhance? What are you passionate about?
How daring and fulfilling a life could you live, if you allow yourself to picture it?