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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Finding Your Own Inner Lionheart


Richard I (1157 - 1199), King of England, was known as Richard the Lionheart, or Cœur de Lion, according to Wikipedia, because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. He remains one of the very few Kings of England remembered by his epithet, not number, and is an enduring, iconic figure in England.

Richard was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, scoring considerable victories against his Muslim counterpart, Saladin. (Those of you who have seen Ridley Scott's 2005 movie Kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson, will be somewhat familiar with this epoch).
 
Figuring out how to find that element within ourselves that allows us to be great warriors in our own existence, is an essential part of bringing to life those parts of ourselves that allow us to carry on in the face of great odds.
Carrying on in the face of great odds. Finding the lionheart inside of you.

How?

This is not just courage. It is not just being able to be a warrior in the traditional sense of the word. It is being a warrior with yourself, in the face of your own doubts and fears. Those are the odds against which you stack yourself, and it is there where you need to find your own lionheart.

Tackling doubts and fears begins with believing in yourself, and that begins with dealing with your own sense of self-esteem. If it is not high, you need to work on it.

How?

Begin by looking at all those events, attitudes and people in your life that disempower you. Be ruthless in your self-analysis. When do you feel weak? When do you doubt yourself? When are you afraid? Look at those situations and begin to change something. Perhaps by shoring up some healthier boundaries. Perhaps by learning to leave your comfort zone. Perhaps by disciplining yourself to become more aware. Perhaps by telling yourself that the only one who can be responsible for how you think, feel, act, and react is you. Once you accept that, you are on the road to your own lionheart.

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