By John Barbar
Over 20 years ago, while in Asia, I asked my dad this question: “What is the key attribute of your success?” His response shocked me! Dad was a man with great vision, so that’s what I expected the answer to be…wrong!
He gave a one word answer: “Courage”.
I have learned through the years the importance of courage in facing lives challenges; pursuing dreams; or overcoming disappointments.
C.S. Lewis, said this about courage: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
Here’s a definition of Courage: Facing fear with active faith! Being a person of courage does not mean you do not have fear; however, it is facing the fear with active faith.
Seven Requirements of Courage:
Courage requires us to act on our beliefs, whether or not others are with us.
Danger: Lose our convictions.
Courage requires us to face our fears head on with boldness, and intensity.
Courage requires us to dig deep within and become who we are destined to be.
Courage requires preparation so we are ready when the time comes.
Danger: Miss the opportunity.
Courage requires humility so it’s not mistaken for arrogance.
Courage requires us to be tough to withstand criticism.
Courage requires inner strength not brute force.
Action Steps to Develop Courage:
Seek Counsel – upward, spouse, mentor and friends. What is an area that you most need to change or grow?
Review Your Goals – do they value pleasure or progress? Are you surviving in your comfort zone or thriving in your ‘courage zone’.
Do Something Courageous – Plan to do something uncomfortable a couple of times a week for two months.
You have the opportunity to change your world as you lead courageously so…
Live Passionately with Courage!
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