Courage-or-not is a Now-Next issue
Just two integrities solve all problems of suffering
AskDwightHow has several toolkits, including the CCC toolkit (all about courage). Fundamentally, however, having a great life comes down to creating and maintaining just two types of integrity: Now-Next integrity and Oneself-Others integrity.
Choosing courage-or-not is a Now-Next issue
The reason that "courage" has its own toolkit is that the impact that choosing it or not has on your life is huge. Nevertheless, the issue of choosing courage-or-not is a special sub-category of Now-Next integrity.
Choosing courage involves putting attention on having a happier future, whereas not choosing courage puts attention on avoiding the discomfort of feeling fear now. And, just as the Now-Next issue is not a right-wrong issue, whether you choose courage or not is neither right nor wrong.
I can even show you how calling yourself or another a coward is an issue of not choosing courage!
Special tools that help resolve the Now-Next conflict when dealing with the issue of fear and courage
Many of the tools inside the NNI toolkit are also helpful in resolving a courage-or-not issue. We'll review some of those in a moment. First, let's look at the primary tools for addressing the issue that the idea of courage often presents us with.
To address Now's concern of having to go-through-the-fear if we choose courage, we use the undoing fear process. Almost always, this will reduce, if not eliminate, most of the discomfort we associate with fear. In addition, it will give us (our Now) an added sense of energy and even confidence in being willing to address whatever our Next wants us to do in choosing courage.
But there's more...
Undoing fear is just the first step in the four steps of choosing courage.
Step #2 is getting in touch with that child within you, which, in this case, is the equivalent of getting in touch with your Now. Say to that child, "I can see and feel that you're frightened. It's okay to feel frightened. You've already chosen courage to embrace the energy of our fear and let it flow. That's great. I'm so admiring of you for that! If you're now open to taking the action before us, that would be amazing also. But, as you know, it's up to you. I will respect whatever you choose. What's your choice?" You continue to express this in ways until you can feel that Your-Child fully gets your appreciation and admiration. Of course, when she or he gets it, then you get it.
If Your-Child is willing, then you take the third step, whether it's an action, like making a request, or a non-action, like keeping your mouth shut. That's step #3.
Step #4 is getting back in touch with Your-Child. Say to him or her, regardless of the outcome of your action, "I'm amazed and inspired by your choice of courage here! You fill me with gratitude." Again, continue doing that until Your-Child gets it. If you didn't get the desired result and Your-Child is disappointed, then tell him or her it's okay to be disappointed. And the most important thing was that they choose courage.
By practicing these four steps of choosing courage, it continually gets easier for your Now to be willing, and even eager, to choose courage.
Other Now-Next tools that are especially and often helpful in addressing the courage-or-not issue
Buffers Having buffers in your life (especially time buffers) often reduces fear throughout your day, even though at the time you're setting up your day and you set aside time for buffers, more fear may be stimulated.
Under promising This often helps to reduce the fear that Now feels later, even though it can stimulate fear at the time that you decide to under-promise to yourself or to others.
Review the NNI toolkit. Other contexts and tools may be supportive in creating Now-Next integrity regarding choosing courage-or-not.
Some Oneself-Others integrity tools can assist in making choosing courage easier
Even though choosing courage-or-not is fundamentally a Now-Next issue, since much of our fear relates to our relationships with others, the OOI toolkit is quite relevant.
Specifically, check out