Courage is what we credit our heroes with having, but courage comes in many forms. Courage is taking action, doing what is right even when we are afraid, simply because our heart and conscience says we must. Perhaps if the seeds of courage could be recognized and encouraged more often, they might blossom into greater strength of character in all of us.
In my own life, I am working on these 5 core dimensions of Courage:
Not every situation we are bold enough to face can be changed. But nothing can be changed until we are bold enough to face the situation. So find the courage to boldly face the injustice you see. Look into the eyes of someone you've wronged & make it right. Face your fears. Face your enemies. Face your shortcomings and failures, and learn from them.
But most importantly, look really hard in the mirror and face yourself. See what's really there beneath the surface. Challenge yourself to be all that you were meant to be. Erase the tapes that play in your head of the voices telling you you're not good enough or didn't deserve an opportunity.
That one takes the most courage of all.
Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.
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