IMPERFECT COURAGE INTRODUCTION PROMPTS
What prompted you to join us and read IMPERFECT COURAGE?
When you think of courage, what comes to your mind and heart?
How do you currently describe courage? Is it an act, a feeling, a value, a friend, a muscle?
If you’ve already begun reading, what resonates most with you in Jessica’s introduction?
What do you want to take away from this book club experience?
What do you want to contribute along the way?
Our kick-off reflection exercise
Take a moment now to close your eyes and ask yourself the very same questions Jessica asked herself as she began her IMPERFECT COURAGE adventure.
‘What am I afraid of? And what toll is this fear taking in my life?’
Just write it down. Name it beyond the walls of your own heart as we begin this journey together. Sharing in the group is welcomed but not necessary. I simply invite you in our time together this fall to engage these two questions as you read. No action is needed; just live in the questions and listen to what they have to share with you.
IMPERFECT COURAGE PART I DISCUSSION PROMPTS
CHAPTER ONE: CHOOSE COURAGE
“It’s tempting to bubble-wrap our lives. wrap ourselves in fear. We wrap ourselves in isolation. We wrap ourselves in nightly glasses of wine or our beloved Instagram feed. We avoid real issues involving real people who live in the real world because What if I get hurt? “
Where have you bubble-wrapped your life? Where do you step back rather than lean in?
Name one area of your life you’d like to loosen the bubble-wrap on this fall. Write it down. Share it with a loved one or with this group if you feel so led.
“Choosing courage will always be the route to impact.'“
This is Jessica’s perspective on courage and her original motivation for writing this book. What is your perspective on courage?
Can we create an impact without practicing our courage?
What does impact mean to you? What impact do you want to make?
chapter two: stand up
“When was the last time you ventured to the edge of your comfort zone and new territory was about to get claimed…? What prompting have you received and you’re waiting for a perfect state of fearlessness before you act? You probably know exactly what it is, even as you read these words…”
The timing is never perfect, friends. What is nudging you? Write it down.
What is one step you can take in response to this nudge?
Feel what it will be like to follow this nudge. Feel it as if you’ve already done it.
Go. Act. Take this step.
Tell us about it in the Facebook group if you feel so led. We’ll cheer you on.
What really stuck with you from this chapter? How does it apply to your own life?
chapter three: step into your story
“Once I began to tear up the pages of my should story and embrace the plot of the one that was real, I realized that the truth was vastly more interesting than mere fabrications or perfectionism on display. Real life is lived in the up-and-down, not in the up-and-up-and-up.”
What is your ‘should’ story? And what is your ‘real’ story? Jot down what comes to your mind and heart as you consider the difference.
What does stepping further into your story look like for you personally?
Jessica speaks of ‘chilling out’ along the way. How can heed this advice in your own courageous life practice?
Write your own version of a vision statement, just as Jessica did for Noonday Collection.
Head over to our Facebook group and share a highlight of how you’re stepping into your story with us.
IMPERFECT COURAGE PART I DISCUSSION WRAP:
What resonates most with you from Part I? What will stick with you?
What would have made Part I even better?
How will you integrate what you learned in Part I into your own life?
I invite you to be specific. I also invite you to empower yourself to embed what you’re learning into your day-to-day in a clear way. Allow this book to be a nudge for action wherever you feel called to move, friend.