What kind of life would you live if you didn’t allow your fears to hold you back? The Courage Habit offers a powerful program to help you conquer your inner critic, work toward your highest aspirations, and build a courageous community.
Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, “you can’t do it.”
In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit.
Using a practical four-part program, you’ll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered, and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You’ll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic’s function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You’ll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can—without conscious awareness—dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you’ll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you’re making.
If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer—and if you have a sneaking suspicion that that something is you—then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Kate Swoboda, aka “Kate Courageous,” is creator of YourCourageousLife.com, and director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification program. She has been deemed one of the top fifty bloggers in health, fitness, and happiness by Greatist.com. Swoboda has contributed to Entrepreneur, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Forbes, USA Today, The Intelligent Optimist, Lifetime Moms, MindBodyGreen, Business Insider, and more, and has spoken about creating better habits and the principles of TheCourage Habit to groups both large and small. Learn more at www.yourcourageouslife.com and www.tribeclcc.com Foreword writer Bari Tessler is a financial therapist and mentor coach. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach. Tessler is currently leading a global conscious money movement via the year-long program The Art of Money, which she founded in 2001, weaving together money teachings for individuals, couples, and entrepreneurs. She is author of The Art of Money.
Table of Contents
1 Your Most Courageous Self 21
2 Habits and Courage 41
3 Habit: Accessing the Body 65
4 Habit: Listening Without Attachment 89
5 Habit: Reframing Limiting Stories 119
6 Habit: Reach Out and Create Community 147
7 Reflecting On Your Courageous Life 185
Reader Questions and Book Club Guide 207
Swoboda resides in Petaluma, CA; Tessler resides in
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In The Courage Habit, Kate Swoboda, walks along side you as you navigate a new kind of relationship with courage. One where you aren’t expected to be fearless, but rather you learn the powerful tools that will help you to see and make note of your fears and still choose courage. One of my favorite things about this book is that you are encouraged to put the very real parts of The Courage Habit process (which are real, tangible pieces) in to practice as you journey through the book. Along the way Kate offers resources to the reader to support your work in becoming familiar with this process and how it applies to your life and your routines. This book hasn’t just helped me to take a step back and see where/how I would like to show up in my life more courageously, but it has helped me open up to (and really put into practice) the things I need to continue to do day in and day out to get there.
I have a friend who suffers from anxiety, rooted in low self-esteem as she approaches middle age because she finds herself questioning many of her previous life choices. I thought The Courage Habit might be a good book for her, so I picked it up. It is a surprisingly easy read and the author’s style is engaging. I am a big believer in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT and reframing narratives, so I give this book a solid 5 stars. It’s grounded in best practices and may be the motivation you are seeking.
I immediately tore into the Courage Habit and imagine it will be a book that I reread and visit often. I loved that it didn't advocate being fearless or promise it would get rid of fear instead it recognizes that fear is part of the process of change and growth and helped me see that I could relate to fear differently. I loved the mix of stories and practical worksheets and I could immediately apply it to my life. It helped me see the way fear operates in my life in sneaky ways and that courage was a quality I could cultivate and start practicing immediately.
What I love about The Courage Habit is that it doesn't make fluffy promises, it is realistic and talks about courage in the context of our everyday lives. Some books are great to read but never quite get implemented into real life, but this is a book that gives tangible knowledge and tools that you can absolutely take with you and implement. This book is real, its eye-opening and can change how you live each day by helping you not let fear hold you back.