95: Cultivate a Courage Habit with Kate Swoboda

Kate Swoboda believes that "courage can absolutely be cultivated,” just as we improve other skills with habit-building principles in mind. The problem is that sometimes we apply the cue-routine-reward to our fears instead. We get triggered, fall into familiar patterns, then gloss over it with a reward that's a pale replacement for what our heart really wants.

What's the alternative? Listen to this week's Pivot Podcast conversation to learn Kate's four-step process for avoiding common fear routine traps—perfectionist, saboteur, martyr, or pessimist—and building your courage muscles instead. 

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More About Kate Swoboda


Kate Swoboda is creator of YourCourageousLife.com, Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification at TribeCLCC.com and author of The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life. She helps individuals, teams, and companies see where old, fear-based habits have kept people stuck or started to limit what’s possible, and then start creating more courageous lives by getting into “the courage habit,” a four-part process for behavioral and organizational change.

Topics We Cover

  • Fear as a habit that has worn a groove into your brain; how to learn to recognize fear-based habits and replacing them with courage-based habits

  • Four steps of The Courage Habit: access the body, listen without attachment, reframe limiting stories, create community.

  • Critic response modes: avoiding, pleasing or attacking

  • Four common fear routines: perfectionist, saboteur, martyr, pessimist

  • Related model: Drama Triangle: Perpetrator-Victim-Rescuer

  • More subtle fear…hiding out, preventing others from seeing us fail or flail

  • The Power of Habit: cue-routine-reward loops, even around feeling afraid

  • Kate’s conscious crying practice

  • Courageous parenting, how she set-up a cue-routine-reward process with her daughter’s bedtime rituals

  • Liberated Day exercise to get in touch with your most courageous self: if you woke up tomorrow and your entire life went exactly the way you wanted it to go, from morning until night, what would that day look like?

  • 100% fully alive living as a courageous act

Cultivate A Courage Habit With Kate Swoboda

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