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Cultivate Courage & Take More Risks at MIdlife and Beyond

June 28, 2020

The turmoil and shifts that are occurring at such a rapid pace over the last few months have been astonishing.

 

Have you noticed that it gets harder to figure out your part and to 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 with the same resilience and courage you might have had when you were younger?

 

I remember how brave I was about taking risks earlier in my life– venturing off for 3 years in the Peace Corps, doing long-distance triathlons, moving across the country by myself, asking my now-husband out on our first date.

 

As I have aged, taking these big risks seems more daunting.

 

Some of it is just settling into a different rhythm of life and new priorities and some of it is getting stuck in old beliefs and patterns about what I can and cannot change about my life now that I’m in my mid-fifties.

 

𝐑𝐢𝐬𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡

 

 

You need the friction that builds up when moving through a risk to create something bigger for yourself. A diamond forms from the high temperatures and deep pressure and in the earth's mantle. There is pain in the process yet the outcome is so well worth it. 

 

I know that I am being called to take a risk and push the boundaries of my own beliefs right now and become more vocal about the systemic inequalities that have marginalized and oppressed the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) populations for far too long. I know in my heart that I cannot sit back and let it happen around me, that I need to navigate through my fears and doubts and find a way to be a part of the change that I envision for the world by cultivating more courage and taking right action.

 

What is 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 and out of your own complacency to create a better world? 

Get still and let it bubble up within you until you feel the real power of it. Then set the intention to move through anything that holds you back from making it so.

Learn to hold your fears– to listen, respect and respond to them yet not give them your power. Dare to protect what matters most to you and take the small, incremental steps that allow you to build up the resilience needed to re-write to stories you carry about what you can or cannot do.

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐟 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐲.

 

 

Let the new story simmer within your body so you know what it feels like. Talk about it, visualize it in your mind, write it down, draw it- whatever you need to do to keep it alive!

 

Figure out the version of you that needs to be present to make your declaration come true. Remind yourself of why you want it many times throughout your day. Breathe into seeing It happen and capture that same body sensation you felt when you first envisioned it- nurture that feeling.

Anchor it in with a present tense affirmation that states it as if it is already happening. You’ll be amazed at the sense of vitality and connection you’ll experience from these small and consistent actions.

If you are a midlife woman struggling to get clear on how you can share your talents and gifts in a way that lights you up and moves you past any fear or doubts, then apply now for a complimentary 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐥’𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 

In this 1-hour session, we’ll uncover what’s holding you back, create a vision for where you want to go, and come up with some powerful first steps toward clarity, passion and fulfillment.✨🔥. Take the risk and find your inspiration! 

Beth Nelson is an inspiration and leader for women who are ready to awaken into the fullest version of themselves at midlife and leave a meaningful impact on the world. As a Women’s Midlife Mentor, confused and disengaged women in their 50s and 60s hire her to build the necessary confidence to reinvent themselves and create a life full of passion, purpose and authenticity.

 

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