A Word on Courage

Look, I get the hesitation. I really do. Anything unfamiliar is a turnoff because we value comfort as humans. But the benefits of having courage outweigh the possibilities of what you might lose.

When we dip our toe into something new and scary, we will probably learn something about ourselves that we were unaware of previously. And learning more about yourself is never a bad thing. When you know who you are, rarely do you waste time on things that don’t matter. Your priorities become what matters.

Being continually thrown out of your nest can lead to immense growth opportunities intrinsically. It’s hard to imagine that Martin Luther King Jr .would have the confidence to stand in front of thousands if he would have just been delivering speeches in Atlanta. Go down the list of individuals who have contributed something great to mankind and you’ll find a common theme; they were always uncomfortable.

If you desire to reach your full human potential, occasionally put yourselves in uncomfortable situations. To do this, we must have courage.

I heard it said best at a conference I was at a few years ago. “Courage is knowing that fear is there and still doing what you set out to do.” So yes, it may be scary, but you know what’s even more frightening?
Untapped potential.
What could’ve been.
She had promise.
He had a bright future.

Sayings like these make me cringe. Having courage while you’re alive puts the person at ease who will have to read your eulogy.

“We must do the things we think we cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt