Courage: Take That Leap!
Have you ever had to face something you didn’t want to? Something full of uncertainty? Something that frightened you, worried you and had you tremble in fear? It’s OK, you’re in good company because it’s a safe bet we all have had to. In fact, you probably have to face something that requires you to be courageous every day.
Perhaps you have to be fearless about going to a job you don’t like. Maybe you have to be brave every day because you must deal with an illness. Whatever you have to face, whatever fear you must confront, it’s going to take courage to do so.
From the Wizard of Oz (1939) –
Cowardly Lion: All right, I’ll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I’ll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I’m going in there. There’s only one thing I want you
fellows to do.
Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow: What’s that?
Cowardly Lion: Talk me out of it!
In the end the Cowardly Lion showed us all that he had always had courage and that it was just hidden behind his fear. Aren’t we all a little like the Cowardly Lion? Don’t we already possess courage but suppress its power allowing the fear to reign? Is it time to watch the Wizard of Oz again with a new perspective?
Courage demands that you step boldly out of your comfort zone, to let go of what you know to be safe and secure for the rewards of the unknown. After all is said and done isn’t that exactly what most successful people have had to do to achieve their goal? Let go of the past. Take a leap of faith.
Where would we be if Christopher Columbus didn’t muster up the courage to lose sight of the shore? Or, better still, what would life look like today if our ancestors hadn’t the courage to tame fire?
It flat out takes courage to achieve any lofty goal because you’re going to have to take some sort of a risk. It may be a physical risk, mental, spiritual or financial risk, but you’re going to have to put your butt on the line.
Courage asks you to deal with or face some sort of fear or danger. If you are in the military, or say a police officer, the danger is all too real. It is possible that physical harm might affect your well being. It takes courage to step into that arena, put yourself in harm’s way and function. But, if you are like most of us who don’t face physical danger daily, it too takes courage to face your fears. These fears are probably less identifiable, hidden within our thoughts and view and they are no less sinister as are the fear of physical harm.
You worry how others, perfect strangers, will react, what they will think, what they might do and it’s enough to stop you dead in your tracks keeping you from achieving your dreams. That is cowardice and just plain silly.
Courage is the conduit through which fears and dangers are faced and overcome. Courage is the mechanism that transports you beyond your fears. Having courage is vitally important. Here’s what C.S. Lewis had to say about it, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” In other words, everything you stand for is tested by your courage to perform it in the moment it is to be performed.
Face every day with the courage to make the things happen in your life that make your life worth living.
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”
“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”
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