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Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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“The clarity with which Debbie Ford communicates has inspired, comforted, and fueled me to continue growing and aligning myself with my life purpose. I am forever grateful to her for sharing her compassionate wisdom in the ways she has.” (Alanis Morissette)
“Debbie Ford systematically outlines the process to wholeness and transformation.” (Deepak Chopra)
“Debbie Ford guides us past the self-punishing patterns that often bind us. Her ideas are exceptionally compelling.” (Marianne Williamson)
“Debbie Ford teaches us to recognize, embrace, and ultimately love all aspects of ourselves.” (Dean Ornish, M.D.)
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford offers her most personal, powerful, and practical work to date—a proven process for overcoming insecurity and fear and unlocking the courage that resides within.
Every day we are confronted with hundreds of choices that either make us feel confident and strong or rob us of the things we desire the most. When we lack confidence, we feel unworthy of having what we want, of speaking the truth, of making decisions that improve our lives. When we feel weak, helpless, or powerless, we lack the strength to ward off the thoughts of defeat, negativity, and fear that fill our minds and prevent us from moving forward and living in harmony with our deepest desires.
For decades, Debbie Ford has been helping people break free from the emotional baggage that has held them hostage. In Courage, Debbie Ford provides a life-altering path to discovering confidence and authentic self-expression. By learning to accept all of who we are, including our histories, our flaws, our misgivings, our weaknesses, and our fears, we discover that what keeps us stuck and feeling weak is nothing more than an illusion of the past. By showing us how to be confident, stand in our strength, and feel great about ourselves, a new self emerges with the power to accomplish anything. Introducing seven guiding principles, Ford expertly leads readers out of the common pitfalls of fear and insecurity and into the strength, power, and freedom of a courage that has been present all along.
Top Customer Reviews
Most of us know of Debbie Ford as the supremely competent, confident, elegant, multitalented woman with the ability to transform an audience with her words and presence.
What we may not know about her is that she was once a scrawny 'Scaredy Cat' little kid (actual nickname from her dad) who has gone through drug abuse, divorce, betrayal, bad business partners and a whole lot more. Oh, and cancer since 2001, which she hasn't really talked about much until right now.
Several times, the extent to which Debbie shared stories that one would normally not recount in public surprised me. From the ill-advised romance with the European count, to the very personal details of her relationships, business mistakes, workaholism, and near-fatal disease, it's all here.
And therein lies the true value of this book. Like many other excellent self-help books, it has useful exercises designed to change your thinking and behavior. But let's face it - you're probably never going to do those exercises. So what's going to stay with you from this book are the *stories* -- from Debbie and her workshop students.
The stories are potentially transformative, because when you hear about another woman's story of rediscovering her beauty, power, strength and courage out of an initially hopeless situation, you just might see yourself in her.Read more ›
Marisa Harris, Integrative Life Coach and Cancer Coach.
But, if you can be open to opening the book and seeing what fits for you--while discerning what might not--then go for it.
Those disclaimers aside, I did find the book to have some useful information and insight on embracing the dark side of life in order to be able to appreciate and enjoy the light (kind of Jungian, I suppose). In her own words, the author shares her mission of the book:
"This book is not just motivational, although it will motivate you. It's not just inspirational, although it will inspire you. It's not just educational, although you will learn many things from it. It is transformational. At the core, this book will shift how you see yourself, others, and the world...I promise that your life will alter when you see what has been hidden from your conscious view. When you take the time to explore your behavior without self-deception or illusion, you will be able to clean up the past and glimpse the future you long for." (p. 13)
The essence of the book is embracing your fears and letting go of the stories that hold you back:
"After accepting that you have your particular brand of fears and acknowledging the cost of letting them direct your life, you begin to get some breathing room in which you can observe them more clearly and with greater understanding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just started to read which won't take long because her books are hard to put down.Catching up with her lessons which she passes on with increased wisdom & compassion. Read morePublished 26 days ago by D. Marshall
Amazing book! It has Very challenging exercises that will change the way you were seeing things... It makes you forgive yourself and people around and let go of all the grudges.... Read morePublished 26 days ago by sara el kadi
While being in the worst period of my life, she once again inspired me to keep on growing. Thank you.Published 4 months ago
A great book of guidance for anyone wanting to find their power and realize that only they hold the ability to change their lifePublished 4 months ago by Bernadette Sanchez
One thing In did not know when I picked up this book is that the entire book is targeted towards improving self confidence in women. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mwv