Courage to Succeed
Courage is one of those qualities we often don’t want to think about. Mainly because we spend a lot of time thinking we are not particularly brave. We assign that quality to the Willy Apiatas, Richie McCaws and Valarie Adams of our world.
We admire people who demonstrate strength, perseverance, bravery, fortitude, backbone or just plain guts. Why are we not so generous with ourselves? Maybe our experiences in life have knocked that view out of us resulting in thoughts like fear of failure, faint-heartedness, timidity and hopelessness.
One of the biggest soul destroyers of our confidence and courage is criticism. Criticism from our peers, friends, family and associates. The need to comply to their norms to remain in the fold are powerful discouragers that challenge our personal growth and courage. We begin to doubt ourselves, play it safe and avoid risks.
Life is a series of risks. It is risky to start something new. It is risky to create a plan for your future, to drive a car, to grow to be a better person tomorrow than you were today, to start a business or change your job. These and a hundred other things are risky and involve change. We can choose to play it safe or take the step forward to a life worth living.
Consider the risk of playing it safe. Same old same old or same s—t different day syndrome. We all have a great desire to grow, achieve, be respected and have a life of meaning and happiness.
Success is taking the talent and potential you were born with, and have since developed, and using it fully toward a goal or purpose that makes you happy.
It is the courage to take the first step that begins the journey toward success.