February 4, 2016

Thursday Thought

What do you think of when you think of courage? I tend to think of those awesome inspirational  sports movies (yes, I like those kinds of movies), where the "underdog" does something that nobody seems to think they are capable of doing. But is that really courage?

I think Nelson Mandela said it best, "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

Nelson Mandela
I just love that! Courage doesn't mean that you don't have fears or insecurities, everyone has those (if they tell you they don't, they're lying). Having courage means you don't let your fears or insecurities hold you back, you put on your big girl or big boy pants and you face that fear.

Maybe all of those sports movies have had it right all along. The "hero" lacks some sort of belief in themselves or their team. They work really hard and try to overcome their own personal challenges and somewhere along the line they start to believe in themselves and their abilities.

What are you afraid of? What's holding you back? What are you going to do about it?

My challenge to you is this- figure out what you're afraid of and face your fear. In facing your fear, you will likely feel liberated, empowered, an increased belief in yourself, and happiness. And who doesn't want to feel those things?

Carpe Diem!