“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
~ Anais Nin
As a kid, I remember how fun it was to play the Truth or Dare game.
“Truth? or Dare?”
“I dare you! — I double dare you!”
As an adult, I now know that I want to play the Truth Game. And, ironically in order to live with greater truth, we must wake up everyday and play Double Dare with ourselves.
Double Dare is a game of Courage. And it takes courage to Raise Our State to levels where:
Happiness is an everyday reality.
Intimacy and Connection nourish us.
Creativity flows abundantly.
Clear choices arise from a clean mind.
Authenticity offers comfort and rest.
LOVE is recognized as our natural state.
Want to play this Game?
This Raise Your State game dares you to break free from anything that limits you. Do you know a fear based auto-pilot that orchestrates your life into roles, identity, habits and beliefs that constrict you? If so, this menacing mind could be a worthy opponent. What else might you want to break free from?
This month has been a momentous month for the Raise Your State apprentices. Focused on Courage, their homework of breaking up familiar routines, facing personal challenges, taking action in the direction of personal goals and confronting procrastination has created a collective buzz.
As Billy Graham says: “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
Here are some fabulous Quotes on Courage. I Double Dare you to take a peek and choose the one that will Raise Your State.
I DARE you to live your full potential!
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.” Maya Angelou
I DOUBLE DARE you to embrace the juice of intimacy!
“Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.” Miguel Angel Ruiz
I DARE you to face your procrastination, take action and go do it now!
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
I DARE you to stop looking outside yourself and consult your wise inner Dreamer that is connected to the universal intelligence within you.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel
I DARE you to open the strongest channel of happiness within you and begin now.
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm
I DARE you to fire your should-master and honor your own direction.
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living life with integrity.” W. Clement Stone
I DARE you to recognize the angel of death that sits on your left shoulder, ready to take you in any moment.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs
I DARE you to express your gifts and resources generously!
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein
I DARE you to Feel–feel everything, all of you!
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving
I DARE you to cherish stillness. Let go of the busy mind and get comfortable with the vast nature within!
“We often forget that we are Nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to Nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” Andy Goldsworthy
I DARE you to saddle up!
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
I DARE you to let go of indecision and instead make choices that take you in the direction you want to go!
“It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” from Harry Potter
I DOUBLE DARE you to risk Loving!
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should just be friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” Neil Gaiman
I DARE you to join our Raise Your State apprentice tribe from wherever you are and begin anew today to embrace Courage, shake up your routines and dare to be bold everyday of your life!
BE BOLD and LEAP!