“Fear thrives in isolation and diminishes in community”
Author. Coach. Bookworm. Habit Queen. Professor. Kate Courageous. Nerd. Mom. Entrepreneur. Triathlete. Researcher. Smiler. Founder of Your Courageous Life.
Perhaps you think you are not a courageous person? The truth be told, is that you certainly are! For you to have gotten to where you are in life, no matter what your situation, has taken courage on some sort of level. We must not forget what we have overcome, to get to where we are today in life.
Our Podcast guest this week, Kate Swoboda, is a lady who has devoted much of her time to understanding and researching this ‘phenomenon of courage’, which some of us have in abundance and others really struggle to find much of.
Kate, grew up in the midwest of America, in Missouri. Her family structure had it’s issues, with her folks divorcing early on and money being a scarce commodity. She loved to immerse herself in reading and poetry too. She’d spend hours in the library because it was one way to escape the stifling afternoon heat of the Midwest!
Growing up, she felt a confusing mix of being both highly sensitive and doggedly tenacious, she was extremely introverted and also ferociously opinionated. It was difficult to neatly categorise all of those contradictions, which often left her feeling isolated and out of place in social groups.
High school was a depressing time and it infiltrated itself into her college experience too. Her depression manifested itself as, extreme isolation, crying, eating disorders, cutting, and being borderline suicidal. Often thinking “I wish I could just go to sleep and not wake up.”
Growing up in a poor environment taught her to spend money wisely, and how to be respectful of it. She also learnt a strong work ethic and spent 4 years working two jobs, which allowed her to save up enough money to go and spend a month in her beloved Italy.
When she returned, she realised it had all boiled down to choice. You chose to make it happen, you chose to realise your dreams despite your fears and doubts. Kate knew the courage it took for her to do so, and wanted to share that with others.
These days, Kate is the founder and creator of the Courageous Living Coach Certification and creator of the Coaching Blueprint. Her book, The Courage Habit, explores how we create courageous habits using; her 4-step habit realisations:
Realisation #1: Habit-formation goes much deeper than isolated actions.
Realisation #2: Habits are trip-wired by cues that are often unconscious and somatic.
Realisation #3: Habits run on a loop of cue-routine-reward.
Realisation #4: Often, we don’t look beyond “lessening of anxiety.”
and her courage building process:
1 – Access the body
2 – Listen without attachment
3 – Reframe limiting Stories
4 – Create community
We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
Let’s find out what it means for Kate Swoboda, to be Ridiculously Human.
Your fellow beings,
Craig and Gareth
Other relevant points discussed and mentioned:
Beyonce’s – Formation
Lizzo – Juice
Allen Ginsberg – Mind Breaths
Mugging – Poem
Natalie Goldberg – Writing Down The Bones
Naropa – School of Disembodied Poetics
Morning Pages – The Artist’s Way
Insight Timer – Meditation App
The Bambuseae Rhythm Section – Check them out here
Simon Van Gend Band – Check them out here
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