kate swoboda

The Courageous Living® Program: stop the fear struggle.
start living your life.

Courage isn’t what we’re sold to believe it is.

Courage isn’t gritting your teeth through the fear.
Courage isn’t numbing yourself out so that you can push yourself to hustle harder.

Courage is richer. It’s deeper. The courage I talk to people about is the kind of courage that lives in your bones. It’s the courage that shows up for your dreams even when it’s hard and it’s the willingness to face the pain of your past and not let it define you. The courage I teach about is the courage to live on fire and on purpose, with intention. It’s the courage to let the truth of who you really are on the inside, be how you actually *live* on the outside.

And? This is life, and things get hard. There’s stress. There’s lack of time, money, energy. When that stuff weighs on you, it feels like everything is an uphill battle. The stress starts to call the shots in your life, and it happens so fast it can be hard to stop. The Courageous Living® Program is what you use to stop–pause–hold up and hold on. It’s time for you to take charge of your own life, by learning courage as a skill (because that’s exactly what courage is).


  • Behind stress, worry, and overwhelm is a fear pattern–like perfectionism, people-pleasing, self-sabotage, or pessimism. You’ve certainly heard of those labels before, but you might not realize that they’re running on auto-pilot.

  • You see the stress. The fear-based pattern behind the stress is what’s harder to see. The fear-based pattern is hiding out behind the scenes, at the root of the stress, making it harder to change.

  • When your fear-based patterns run unseen and on autopilot, they control your life. There’s more stress, less presence, and it all feels out of control. Over-thinking and analysis paralysis take over, until it seems easier to just Netflix and numb out (while that book doesn’t get written, the business doesn’t get built, the fun and adventure get pushed to the back burner).


Let’s stop wasting time running away from self-examination–this is your LIFE. Once you see the patterns clearly, you are empowered to change. Let’s start taking a look.

With the Courageous Living Program, you will:

Get clear on the patterns

 For some reason, you’ve habitually held yourself back from living bigger. Get clear on the patterns and find out why. Behavior change isn’t a mystery. Your behavior patterns are habits that have wired in the brain. You need to see them clearly, to unhook them and start creating new habits that let you live as your Most Courageous Self.

Create a bold vision

It’s time to remember your Most Courageous Self. You’ve met her, before. She says, Why not? She’s righteous about justice at the same time that she calls forth her laughter. She’s energized by people who tell the truth, she delights in the senses, and she’s a helluva lot of fun to be around–so she’d really love to come out, more often.

Learn the habit of courage

The life you want is waiting. Anyone can build new behavioral habits that have them feeling less stressed and more resourced and capable. The key is understanding how habits work in the brain, so that you can interrupt the old loop and create something new.

A few things Courageous Living Program users
have said:

“You will have access to powerful and amazing tools right from the start. I can personally speak to the power of the program, DOing the work, and Kate’s way of illuminating the path.” — D. S.

“My favourite lesson is that I can choose joy in each and every moment. If I’m having a “bad” day I look at myself and then ask myself how can I choose joy right now. I seek joy out and I feel so much better for it.” — H.T.

“I like the style with which the course is written [… it] put the power in my hands and got me to consider things differently.” — E. S.

“I enjoy ‘spending time’ with ‘virtual’ Kate. It’s like having an old friend you don’t see all that often, but the long standing support is in place.” — K.C.

Six powerful modules 

Modeled after what it’s like to work one-on-one with a life coach, The Courageous Living® Program includes powerful learning modules that have been engineered to break down courage as a skill-set that anyone can learn (no one was born courageous; we learn these behaviors!).

Daily, sustained progress = daily, sustained results.

Make Learning Fun

Each Courageous Living® Program module is organized to walk you through the process of building courage as a learnable skill, step by step. Track your progress as you move along, noticing how you’re letting go of old habits and shaping your life by adopting new habits.


Worksheets, audios, and accountability

Each lesson has a slightly different format. For some, you’ll be utilizing an audio exercise, and for others, you’ll download a worksheet and contemplate the questions. Accountability is built into the program with reminders and prompts to stay consistent. Lesson content is broken down into smaller, doable pieces so that you can learn in small, 15-minute increments each day. The aim? Help you create courage as a new, lifelong habit. Within each module, exercises break down the concepts and give you ways to start practicing the tools of course, right now–today.


It’s time to stop holding back out of fear, and letting the stress chip away at your life.

Begin today, and get forever updates

The Courageous Living® Program is $175. As a member of our community, you get forever updates–every time I add a new worksheet, interview, or update the program, you’re included.


In addition to the lessons, worksheets, and audios that go with the program, you can also access full-length interviews with best-selling authors, thought leaders, activists, and more, who share how they started living with more courage. These interviews are exclusive to the Courageous Living® Program.

BONUS: courageous interviews

About Kate

I’m Kate Swoboda, creator of the Courageous Living® Program.  I’m a writer and facilitator on the topic of habit-formation and psychological courage.

The Courageous Living® Program is part of the toolkit that I offer to help people stop getting stuck in the stress that results from fear-based habits run amok, and start getting clear and courageous in their lives. 

My approach in sharing these tools is rooted in a background as a curriculum designer and professor, Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification, my work with one-on-one life coaching clients since 2006 (yep, I’ve been on the internet THAT long) and my research into the science of courage and the neuropsychology of habit-formation when I wrote my book, The Courage Habit.

Also? I’ve so been there. The frustration of trying to change, feeling stuck, taking a deep breath and trying some new strategy, only to…go right back to the same old habits? Yeah. I know this space. Every single tool I offer in The Courageous Living® Program is one I’ve used myself, and with clients, and I’ve seen the powerful results that clients have shared in their lives. This is work that is straightforward, actionable, and deep. Go all-in, and get prepared to AMAZE yourself.


What more is possible, when you release the stress? 

You + This Work

You don’t need endless navel-gazing analysis or more vision board workshops; you need intelligent self-help.

This is the program for people who are truly ready for change–now.

This is the program for people who are sick of wasting time on doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, and inner critic anxiety.

This is the program for people who are tired of the endless stream of stuff pulling your attention in fifty different directions.

This is the program for people who know that it’s time to seriously commit and get some serious results.

The Courageous Living Program takes a strategic and heart-centered approach to working with fear: let’s get real about the stress, how it’s tied to fear patterns, and use habit-formation to unhook from the habits that don’t work, and create the habits that make life easier. You’ll root in your truest values and in making a difference, get clear on the internal self-talk that makes that challenging, and take pro-active steps to make changes.

I won’t tell you to “think positive.” This is an intelligent and strategic approach to creating your courageous life, and you’re charting the course–

–not the old fears,
–not what other people think,
–not the soul-sucking job,
–not the amount of money in your bank account.

You’re the one who created the life you’ve been living–and you’ll be the one creating your courageous life, now.

Courage isn’t what you have; it’s what you choose to practice. This is your one, precious life. What are you waiting for?