Choose Courage: Table of Contents

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About The Author VIII
Dedication X
Acknowledgements XI
Table Of Contents XIII
Preface XVIII
STEP ONE: 1
IMAGINING AND PREPARING FOR YOUR OWN JOURNEY 1
What To Expect 1
How To Act From The Inside Out 5
How To Access Your Courage: What You’ll Find Within 5
How To Make The Flexible Format Meet Your Needs 6
Possibilities For You 8
Why Bother? 12
Success 14
Failure 16
Growth Mind Set 17
Create Your Future 17
General National Trends, Tendencies, And Influences 19
Current Quality Of Life Issues 31
Personal And Professional Choices For Immediate Attention 33
Deciding What You Want To Do About Influences On Your Situation 35
Clarifying And Moving Forward With Your First Choice 37
Using The Tension Between Stability And Change 40
Your Struggles Are Natural And Likely As “Old” As Time Itself 42
Taking Steps Now 45
Bottom Line 46
STEP TWO: 49
GETTING READY TO EXPRESS YOUR COURAGE 49
First, It Is All About You 49
Realizing Your True Self: Authenticity 50
Using your own center to sustain and create stability 52
What may happen as you strive to be who you are 56
Will you just cast a shadow, or emerge more clearly and directly? 57
Choices 61
Practices for Realizing Your True Self 63
Entrusting Yourself To People And Situations: Commitment 69
What is commitment? 69
Being wholehearted, or not… 74
Your challenge and choice 76
Appreciating Your Passions: Emotions That Energize Commitment 77
Your passion is a catalyst for action 77
What are your passions? 80
Let your passions play 81
Expressing Yourself Through Creating What You Value: Vocation 82
Bringing together passions, commitment, authenticity, and work 82
What is your current situation? 85
Labels to clarify what earning your living means to you 86
Exploring ways to define how your vocation may be expressed 89
Your vocation 93
Suggested first steps 94
STEP THREE: 99
IDENTIFYING INTERNAL BARRIERS TO PROGRESS 99
Find Promise Instead Of Pain In Negative Emotions And Other Blocks 99
Name Your Emotions 106
Accept Emotions 112
Dump Discomfort, Fear, Or Anxiety 113
Appreciate What The Power Of Your Body Contributes 116
Continue To Release Your Energies Through Self-Management 118
From Self-Talk To Action 119
A Math Story 119
Use Dangers As Cues For Effective Action 121
Suffering 124
Move Beyond The Self-Affliction Of Guilt 127
Are You Ready To Wrestle With Your Negative Emotions? 137
Free Yourself To Fly Where And As You Wish… 145
Unleash Yourself From Early, Limiting Imprints 147
STEP FOUR: 153
SURPASSING INTERNAL BARRIERS 153
Let’s Talk Turkey About Moving Forward 153
Power And Choice Are Within You 158
Moving Beyond Distractions And Detours 160
Using Your Own Keys To Effective Action 167
Questions To Identify And Address Blocks To Progress 169
Getting Hints Of The Limiting Habits At Hand 172
Specific Limiting Habits Or Tendencies And Ways To Transcend Them 175
Additional Guidance For Moving Forward 195
Take The Last Word 199
STEP FIVE: 201
EXPRESSING YOUR OWNCOURAGE 201
Becoming Courageous 201
Merging The Meanings Of Courage From The Past 207
The Derivation Of The Word Exposes Your Courage Within 210
Look Behind The Act To What Occurs Within Individuals 214
Cultivate Openness 215
Courage Defined 217
How To Start? 220
Enter Your Zone Of Discomfort, Fear, Or Anxiety 225
Life-Long Strategies 227
The Stories Of Your Journeys 230
Uncovering Your Courage Through Your Stories 231
Four Concepts Complementary To Courage 238
Finding The Themes Of Courage In Ruth Schimel’s Dissertation Story 240
STEP SIX: 245
TAKING ACTION 245
You Have The Power
Attend And Be Kind To Yourself While Addressing Realities 252
Ways To Find Right Proportion And Comfort While Sustaining Focus 255
Your center, your core for action: 255
Your thoughts and emotions: 256
Your bonds: 256
Your opportunities in challenges: 257
Your efficiency: 258
Your powers: 258
Your deeper sources: 260
Others’ advice: 260
Bottom Line? 260
The power of process today 261
The idea of process from past to present 263
Assumptions about objectivity 264
Process underlies action, conscious and unconscious 265
Emotion and rationality 266
How existentialism honors emotion, process, thought, and action 268
Four Approaches To Encourage Yourself 270
Approach One: Name Your Motivators, Choose Your Routines 271
Approach Two: Gentle Moves 271
Approach Three: Menu For The Whole Enchilada 273
Moving through to action: Present Situation 275
Moving through to action: Seeming Muddle in the Middle 276
Moving through to action: Vision of Your Future 277
Now is the time 279
Approach Four: Cycles Of Development 280
First Cycle 281
Second Cycle 281
Third Cycle 281
Adapt And Follow Through On The Approaches Above 282
Endings Can Be Beginnings 284
ONLINE DIRECTORY OF LINKS AND BOOKS 286
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 292
Self-Knowledge and Development 292
Quality of Life and Work 293
Thinking and Writing for Personal and Professional Development 295
Relationships: Professional and Personal 296
INDEX 299
ENDNOTES 308
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