Courage can feel like a Roller Coaster Ride. Traipsing to heights you would never go to without some serious thought, Plunging to depths at speeds so fast your life flashes before your eyes and your stomach feels as if it is going to fall out of your body but then you sweep along the track to arrive at your destination. Maybe a little more frazzled than when you started but exhilarated from the journey back to a safe place. Stepping out into your courage can definitely make you more than a little nervous.
Courage is the Willingness to Keep Going til you Get “There”
When you think of courage, you probably think of police officers or our fine military men and women ready for battle. Maybe . you picture a child battling disease or someone just fighting a good fight on behalf of another.
Courage comes in many different shapes and forms. Sometimes courage is just getting back up and starting over after being knocked down, Courage is the willingness to not give up despite the circumstances.
Courage in Failing
If you have always wanted to try something new or have had a lifelong dream your heart is screaming for you to follow, you have to start somewhere. That somewhere is a place called courage. If you do not try, then you are guaranteed to fail. However, if you do try, then know that there is a possibility that you may very well succeed. We tend to want to think of all the negative things that can happen and when we place our focus there we are distracted from the bigger picture, the winning scenario or simply the success we could have had if we had our focus in the right place.
We have to change our view. Courage is taking a step and focusing on all the positive outcomes that are now available to us because we began. If you fall the first time, it is not an ending, it is just the beginning and a lesson on what path to take in the future. Success may not show up the way you planned, but know that it will show up.
When you do fail and you see that you have, in fact, survived, it will only propel you forward all the more. If everyone who ever succeeded at anything stopped trying after the first few rounds, then we would not have half the achievements and blessing we have in life now.
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Can you imagine our lives today without a light bulb?
If at First You Don’t Succeed
There is an old saying that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Courage is the willingness to try things over and over again until you find the right formula for success.
And, the right formula for success is to keep going no matter how many times you get knocked down until you figure out what does, indeed, work.
Courage is the willingness to try and try again.
“Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success.” ~ Charles Kettering
“Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford
“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” ~ Thomas Watson Sr.
Courage Shows up Differently
Sometimes, courage is not what you think it is either. Sometimes courage is asking for help. Many of us have trouble asking for help, but real courage shows up when you swallow your pride and ask for help.
More often than not, it takes a whole lot more courage to ask for help than it does to go it alone.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent van Gogh
Courage also does not mean in any way, shape or form that there is an absence of fear in you as you face something you would rather not have to face. It means that you turn and face your fear and act in spite of it.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” Steve Jobs
We might not all be facing eminent death but the truth is we are all dying. From the day you took your first breath to the day you take your last there is not a grand amount of time between the two. What will you do with that time?
I think we should Change the world, after all isn’t that exactly what we were sent here to do?