Courage - What's in it for me?

Rich George

Courage is a remarkable thing. To those who possess it, it does not need to be explained. To those who do not possess it, it is an enigma. Courage is not the absence of fear. Nor is it bravery.

People with courage, experience fear the same as everyone else.

Osho Rajneesh explains it like this: “In the beginning there is not much difference between the coward and the courageous person. The only difference is, the coward listens to his fears and follows them, and the courageous person puts them aside and goes ahead. The courageous person goes into the unknown in spite of all his fears.”

When you embrace courage, venturing into the unknown, or the uncharted territory is a journey of exploration. It creates a thrill and every neuron in your body begins to fire synapses. This opportunity makes you feel alive and energized. The adrenaline created by the fear becomes the fuel to your quest.

To agree to the challenge of not knowing,

despite your fear is courage.

You feel strong, you feel a sense of ambition, you feel alignment of purpose and you feel razor sharp. Substituting the familiar for the unfamiliar, creates an adrenaline rush on multiple levels.

Courageous people seek adventure in what they do. But it is not just a thing that you do – it is a way of being.

Life Should Be One Big Adventure

Life is utterly unpredictable. We never have an idea of what will happen from one moment to the next. In spite of our best efforts to plan, schedule, and organize, life will continue to be abundantly random in many respects.

We are taught from an early age to seek security and stability so that we feel safe and protected. These teachings often hold us back and do not afford us the opportunity to experience growth.

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger in the long run is no safer than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

--Helen Keller

Courage Requires Living from the Heart

The word “courage” itself is interesting. It derives from the Latin “cor” which means “of the heart.” To be courageous you must live from the heart.

Living with courage is embracing the unknown and the insecurity of life. Once we embrace it, we must live in it, and find comfort within. If you live with your world filled with known, safe, and secure options you cannot live life to the fullest possible outcomes. You will never be fully alive.

Listen to your heart consciously, alertly, and attentively, and then …follow it where it leads you.

Along the way, will we make mistakes? Yes. Will we commit errors in judgement? Of course. Will we sometimes have to start again from scratch? Most certainly. What we will be doing however, is that we will be living life to its fullest.

Leading with your heart and embracing courage will grow your confidence and by default, your competence will elevate.  You will be infinitely wiser because of it.

Courage Means Being Decisive

Mistakes are inevitable. Our mistakes are how we develop experience, and we learn. We just need to prevent making the same mistakes twice. Avoidance illustrates that we learned from the first time.

We gain nothing from being fearful or frightened, so we must avoid wasting any time with the things that scare us.

Courage thrives in an accelerated and decisive environment.

Life itself flourishes in a fast moving, decisive environment. If you intend to live a memorable and exhilarating life, keep moving.

Courage is Key to Avoiding Anxiety

We should only contemplate a problem long enough to understand it. Once it is understood, we should execute a course of action without delay.

We spend too much time worrying. Why do we worry? Worrying just leads to anxiety about a problem and it will grow exponentially in proportion to the number of times we think about it? Even with that knowledge, anxiety is an issue many of us experience every day. The problem is that anxiety most often leads to paralysis. Do NOT let yourself be paralyzed by fear.

If you create the courage to face the challenge and take action to resolve the challenge – your life will be dramatically improved.

We think about challenges only long enough so that we understand them. Then decide about it and immediately act on that decision. Once you make that decision, you may be surprised that the anxiety will simply evaporate or be replaced by excitement.

Live with a Sense of Adventure

In life, fortune favors the courageous. Courage encourages us to seize the moment and to be alive. Do not dwell on the past or waste time worrying about the future. Yesterday is history and tomorrow remains a mystery. Do what you are doing, while you are doing it!

If you make a conscious effort to be courageous,

you will live a vibrant, exciting, life.

Your life is no more than a collection of your experiences. You always have the choice of making your experiences exciting, vibrant, memorable, and legendary.  Listen to your heart.

What does your heart choose? 

Courage will create and extraordinary life for you. You may not get everything right. You could stumble and fall, but you will always recover, and your life will become an amazing adventure - an exciting, vibrant, memorable life worth living.

Rich George
Your Success Coach

Your NOI Coach is Rich George, a successful business owner and published author that has over 30 years of business experience. Rich brings a no-nonsense approach to strategic planning and a passion for building cultures.