True courage means leading with your heart. It means leading with your whole being wide-open, ready to love, ready to accept, ready to become a part of, ready to connect with. Not standing in fear, hate, doubt, anxiety, worry. Heart, leading with your heart takes trust to step into this world and the future of the unknown. There there are no maps, there there are no plans. Only there can possibly be either your greatest self or the lesser version of yourself that is willing to be fixed. So to have courage means to step into the unknown while having fear, but with the drive to rise above that, willing to be more than... that is true courage.

To walk into the unknown with your heart wide open is to be standing in courage. The truth is, you don’t know what’s going to happen and sometimes that is the scariest factor of all. The thought of what could happen to you and all that is truly possible can breed a lot of fear and doubt. But when you lead with your heart, you understand on a fundamental level that whatever comes your way you will face head on. There is no plan for life, only faith in the Lord that all will work out as it should. There are no direct answers to what will be. All you can do is carry yourself with love. When you change, the whole world changes.

Right on the other side of the unknown is the greatest adventure you’re ever going to have, the deepest laughs, the love that you have always wanted. But you have to step through that fear before you accomplish those things. And I think it was designed that way. I think it was designed for us to step into everything that we ever wanted right after we go through the big obstacle, slaying the metaphorical dragon. We have to move forward through that fear and then we become the person that can experience and have what we’ve always wanted in our dreams. So step into your fears this year. Step into that courage. And even within that panic, a step is a step, and it counts.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
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