In 2020, we’re exploring our energy. How it affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We’ve hooked up with a series of experts who will set an experiment every month to help us discover a new way of managing our energy.
Throughout February we’re going to be exploring what happens to our energy when we spend a month being courageous…? Developing our relationship with courage can lead to more energy, clarity and productivity.
Research suggests that courage is a habit, which like any other, needs to be practiced to become part of who we are. It’s the secret sauce that allows us to act despite those fears we might be harbouring. It gives us the ability to put aside our fears of failure and take the first steps towards something new and exciting.
We can’t wait to get stuck in…
Our partners for this month’s energy experiment are the aptly named and brilliant Be Courageous, a business consultancy who specialise unlocking and activating transformative breakthroughs in Culture, Strategy, and Innovation.
The guys at Be Courageous have set us a great challenge that’s based on taking some time each morning to really think about where our current energy levels are that day, and then plan out what is the courageous task we’re going to take on that day, that’s going to help shift our energy to a better place.
You don’t have to do a courageous task every day (unless you really want to push yourself!) but any day you feel like being courageous, this simple model will help:
Sit quietly and score your current energy level from 1 to 5 (1 is low and 5 is high).
Next, spend 10 minutes thinking about what the areas of your work or life are that would benefit from a courageous act that could help bring a positive shift in your energy.
These prompts below can help find a courageous task that best aligns to the shift in energy you want to create:
- A courageous action I can take today that is outside of my comfort zone is:
- A courageous action I can take today that is towards fulfilling my dream is:
- A courageous action I can take today that could help a loved one is:
- A courageous action I can take today that helps me face a fear is:
Note - you don’t need to do all 4 – one is fine for a day’s courageousness :)
Give yourself a COURAGE score. Score yourself for taking a courageous action and sharing your best self, from 1 to 5 (1 is low and 5 is high)
Score your current energy level from 1 to 5 and review vs. the morning (again, 1 is low and 5 is high)
By repeating these acts of courage and reviewing how we score ourselves we can start to see the benefit of a habit of courage forming in how we are, every day.
The acts of courage don’t need to be huge and world changing, they could be small steps towards goals we’ve been avoiding, or towards the changes we want to make in our life, or leaning into unpredictable, disruptive and complex situations with intention.
Whatever they are, the more we practice the more our courage builds.
Courage comes in different styles, each suited to a particular challenge, depending upon what we need to shift our energy. It could be…
- Physical courage – Doing what’s right for your body and health
- Moral Courage – speaking up for what matters
- Psychological Courage – Facing your fears
- Everyday Courage – Maintaining a positive attitude
Whichever style of courage you choose is up to you and what you want to get out of being courageous…
We’d love to hear from you about any courageous acts you’ve taken on and how it affected your energy too so let’s get courageous together…
The Upping Your Elvis Team