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Gratitude: The Powerhouse That Trumps Courage!

In the face of fear, we often turn to courage as our guiding star, our beacon in the night. But what if there was something even more potent, hidden in plain sight? What if we’ve been undervaluing a silent hero – one that, when unleashed, can ignite a fire that fear can’t snuff out? This is the argument for gratitude’s supremacy over courage.

Gratitude Dilutes Fear and Ignites Courage

Gratitude, when cultivated, has a profound effect on our psyche. It’s like a counterbalance to fear; it has this unique ability to make us feel richer than we are by reminding us of everything we have. When we’re in a state of gratitude, our focus shifts. Instead of dwelling on the potential pitfalls, we see the opportunities that lie in every challenge. There’s a profound conviction that arises from the acknowledgment of the good in what we already possess. It’s this conviction that steadies our resolve and leads us to act, with or without the immediate presence of fear.

Can Gratitude and Fear Coexist?

The simple answer is no – they are like water and oil, refusing to mix. When we are genuinely grateful, it’s hard to operate from a place of lack, which is where fear usually takes root. Gratitude disarms fear by reminding us of the abundance that surrounds us, and this shift can be powerful enough to push us towards acts of courage.

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Gratitude as a Muscle

If courage is akin to a sprint, then gratitude is your marathon – the long-term, steady force that keeps you moving forward. Much like a muscle, gratitude grows stronger with exercise. This is a skill that can be honed, not an emotion that must wait for external validation. And the results are truly transformative. The daily practice of gratitude is akin to training your mind to search for the rays of light, even in the darkest of times.

Personal Stories Illustrating Gratitude’s Strength

Story 1: Shifting from Anxiety to Peace

I distinctly remember when expressing gratitude for small daily things became a critical shift in my outlook. On a particularly anxious day, I forced myself to write down three things I was thankful for: a sunny day, a kind word from a stranger, and the aroma of my morning coffee. It was a powerful moment – as if a dimmer switch gradually turned down the anxiety and turned up the peace in my heart.

Story 2: Work Challenges and Gratitude

In a professional setting, a challenging decision loomed large. It required courage, but it was the underlying gratitude for being in a position to make such a choice that gave me the resolve to act. It wasn’t just about conquering fear; it was about recognising the privilege it is to even have the opportunity to be courageous.

Story 3: Gratitude During Personal Loss

When personal loss struck, courage alone did not sustain me. It was the daily practice of gratitude that served as my ship through the storm. In my darkest days, I found solace in the smallest of things – the sound of rain, a kind smile, a cherished memory – and it was this grateful perspective that paved the way forward.

Putting Gratitude Into Practice: A Call to Action

It’s clear that gratitude is not a passive state. It requires intention and action. So how can we start to harness this latent power? Begin by setting aside a few moments each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. This can be through journaling, prayer, or simply taking an intentional pause to consider your blessings. As you repeat this exercise, pay attention to the shift in your attitude and actions.

It’s not about ignoring fear or denying the need for courage. Instead, it’s about recognising that gratitude acts as a wick to the flame of our courage, making it burn all the more fiercely. When we operate from this dual perspective of seeing the good and being brave in the face of fear, we unlock a resilience and a strength beyond measure.

Gratitude is not just an emotion; it’s an investment in our well-being and our ability to face life’s challenges with grace and fortitude. So the next time you find yourself in need of courage, don’t forget to look back at the well of gratitude that you’ve been building. It’s in these depths that you’ll find reserves of strength you never knew you had.

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Jessica Kelly


Jessica, Founder and CEO of The Mindset Consultancy, boasts a decade of rich experience in IT, Brand Development, and Corporate Wellbeing. Recognising the convergence of these sectors, Jessica leveraged her versatile expertise to establish The Mindset Consultancy (formerly known as Meet Your Mind) in 2019. As a qualified practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindset Coaching, and Corporate Wellness Consultancy, her holistic approach to wellbeing is incorporated seamlessly into her leadership strategies. Jessica also engages audiences as a podcast host, author, and keynote speaker at various events. Jessica’s international living experience across the UK, Australia, and Thailand has honed her unique insight into harmonising professional and personal life. With a steadfast commitment to fostering a wellbeing-centric culture within corporate landscapes, Jessica advocates for both employers and employees, ensuring mental health is prioritised and businesses continue to thrive and grow.
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