As stated in Wikipedia, “Courage, also known as bravery, fortitude, will, and intrepidity, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.” Confronting does not necessarily mean winning, it means to ‘take-on, deal with, face up to” whatever seems to be preventing you from going to where you can imagine.
I love the quote by Anais Nin, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”. We all harbour dreams and we tend to ‘wait’ for the courage to come. I recall taking a voice workshop and feeling terrified to step out in front of the group to sing my solo. I kept trying to muster up the courage to do this … the instructor saw me hesitating and he said, “The courage won’t ever come when we wait, it only comes once we step out and sing.” So, I stepped out and sang, and yes moments of courage did come. What I discovered was that the next time I had to step out in front of the group, I felt no more courageous, but I did believe that the courage would come if I stepped out.
What would you attempt if you had the courage?
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