Synopses & Reviews
What kind of life would you live if you didn’t allow your fears to hold you back? The Courage Habit offers a powerful program to help you conquer your inner critic, work toward your highest aspirations, and build a courageous community.
Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, "you can’t do it."
In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit.
Using a practical four-part program, you’ll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered, and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You’ll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic’s function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You’ll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can — without conscious awareness — dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you’ll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you’re making.
If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer — and if you have a sneaking suspicion that that something is you — then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.
"Anyone that’s completed a half-Ironman knows a thing or two about courage and emotional resilience. In her new book, The Courage Habit, Kate Swoboda discusses the connection between psychological daring and habit formation, and explains how to unlock your hidden potential to reach lofty goals. Essential reading, whether you’re planning on tackling an Ironman or more courageously tackling the challenges and opportunities of life." Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author
"The Courage Habit combines the latest research into what creates genuine change with the spiritual view that fear is a gateway to fearlessness. Drawing on her experience coaching clients, personal stories, doable (non-silly) exercises, and her ever-present warmth, this book teaches you the four key habits to face what is holding you back and live your most courageous life." Susan Piver, bestselling author of Start Here Now
"If there’s anything I’ve learned and taken to heart in the last few years, it’s that we only have one life to live and we could all stand to spend more time on what makes us happy and less time feeling like we’re about to implode from anxiety, shame, guilt, and fear. The Courage Habit is a great reminder that you control your destiny, and you have the power to make changes from the inside out to have the life you want, need, and deserve." Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together
"Do you feel the need for a change in your life — a new job, a new purpose? Don’t let fear hold you back. You too can find the courage to change with the wisdom collected by Kate Swoboda in this helpful, cheerful, and delightfully readable book." Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
About the Author
Kate Swoboda, aka "Kate Courageous," is creator of YourCourageousLife.com, and director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification program. She has been deemed one of the top fifty bloggers in health, fitness, and happiness by Greatist.com. Swoboda has contributed to Entrepreneur, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Forbes, USA Today, The Intelligent Optimist, Lifetime Moms, MindBodyGreen, Business Insider, and more, and has spoken about creating better habits and the principles of TheCourage Habit to groups both large and small.
Bari Tessler is a financial therapist and mentor coach. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach. Tessler is currently leading a global conscious money movement via the year-long program The Art of Money, which she founded in 2001, weaving together money teachings for individuals, couples, and entrepreneurs. She is author of The Art of Money.