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Change Requires Courage — Having The Courage To Change Leads To Living Your Fullest Potential

Written by: Nancy Hovde, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


Have you ever felt hesitant about which options or opportunities to choose within your life or career? Maybe you have wanted to create a positive change but lacked enough courage to follow through with a successful plan of action, let alone to even get started.

Why is it so challenging to finally choose to get started and follow through with creating a positive change? Most of us have experienced, at some point, hesitating to move forward with a new opportunity or goal. Even the positive changes we want to make, such as a new wellness plan or career goal, often something has to change in our life for us to succeed. Being aware of what will have to change can empower us to make the right choices and to have the courage to go for what we want.

Self-empowerment helps support you best when you know your true core values. The long-term change will require connecting with your deepest values because your core values help provide guidance when making your choices. Additionally, knowing and holding a meaningful purpose will help you stay on track, no matter what obstacles may pop up.

Being in alignment with who you truly helps you make the right choices and creating a strong reason to remind yourself why you want to make a change. Ask yourself what you want more of in your life? Then ask yourself, what is it you are trying to avoid having in your life? Reminding yourself what you don't want can be a strong motivator in keeping you aligned with your commitment. Then, focus on what you do want to see in your life and how you will feel about having this new change in your life.

It is helpful to reflect on what could really be holding us back. Why? Because even positive change can be uncomfortable when it means we will be leaving behind the familiar, predictable, and choosing to step into the unknown. Generally, it is fear, and if we let it, fear will paralyze us. How does fear keep us stuck?

Ask yourself what is it you fear the most? Would you be giving up a comfortable lifestyle? Do you feel you would be struggling financially? Maybe you are afraid to fail? It could be a combination of a few or all of these. Because fear often comes from the limiting beliefs we hold, we need to become aware of any limiting thoughts. Replace any negative words and phrases with positive words and phrases. For example, stop telling yourself, “I’ll never finish this project in time.” That is a real downer! Focus instead on “I have worked on challenging projects before, and I know I can complete this project, on time, one step at a time.” This will help calm you, regain your focus on the task at hand. You will feel more confident, too.

Once we’ve become aware of limited beliefs holding us back from becoming our full potential, we can let them go by replacing them with new beliefs that better support us and our new goals.

Completing this process will open up more room within us to shift any fear into courage. Since fear holds such enormous energy, we can also tune into that energy and shift it into an incredible force that compels us into courage plus action.

When we have created new supportive beliefs, we have a more empowering mindset to help us move forward with that positive change we’ve wanted to make. Think about it, that change you’ve been thinking of making, it feels so right, yet you are aware of the nervous feeling or some hesitancy. Sometimes connecting with someone who can provide positive support, guidance, encouragement, and accountability, such as a Life Empowerment Coach, can help provide clarity about the successful, positive change you wish to make.

Life presents us with endless opportunities, and we can embrace change with a positive perspective. Sometimes adjustments to life changes are in order and will require reflection for some creative solutions. Through coaching sessions, my clients come to realize that true change can happen. Together, we work with developing a positive mindset, examining core values & discovering what obstacles may be holding them back from living their life to its fullest potential. Would you like to make a life-changing choice for the best? Choose courage and keep telling yourself all the reasons why you can succeed!

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Nancy Hovde, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine Nancy is a leading Life Empowerment Coach who has combined her professional background, credentials, personal experience, knowledge, and insight to inspire and motivate those who wish to create positive change. For over 15 years, she has empowered clients who desire positive change with career/life purpose, personal growth, or wellness goals. Nancy will help you discover how true change can happen when we use our time and resources to develop our minds and spirits, examine our values, and let go of issues that hold us back. She inspires and guides clients to live their optimal life through her books, blog posts, articles, and coaching services. Nancy is the author of Uber Empowerment and Uber Empowerment Quotes: 500 Inspirational Quotes for Knowledge, Insight & Wisdom. Her credentials include Certified Life Coach, B.A. Interpersonal Communication, Stress Management Specialist, Behavior Change Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer.



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