Courage is the having the ability to stand up to your fears and face extreme difficulties.
It’s looking danger and doubt in the eye with a boldness like no other.
As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it, “courage is also the ability to sit down and listen.”
Discovering the inner-courage in ourselves is of great advantage to anyone seeking fulfillment and happiness.
It also moves us to don the type of outward courage needed to make the right kind of decisions, take the right course of actions, or even escape a circumstance of impending doom.
I am very pleased to say that this post is inspired by the book titled Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence, written by New York Times Best Selling Author, Debbie Ford.
I was fortunate to receive a copy directly from Harper One Publishing, and I’d like to share with you my take and views.
Real And Imagined Threats
Whether internal or external, the uncertainty and doubt we feel has a profound effect on how we think and behave.
How you embrace the real or perceived threats is directly related to your level of security and confidence.
Low levels of self-confidence are detrimental to the process of growing yourself as an individual. It provides you with a limited world-view and makes it more difficult to improve your circumstances, be decisive, and make progress.
Lack of confidence in yourself can mean the difference between happiness or despair, achievement or failure, and even love or resentment.
It’s the voice inside your head bombarding you with the notions that you’re not good enough, you can’t do it, you’ll be laughed at, or that you’ll never make it.
It creeps into an already questionable situation, tilting the scales towards indecision and magnifying the decay of progression.
What Lies Beneath
A major contributor towards a lack of self-confidence is fear.
Fear is debilitating.
It can cripple your hopes, dilute your dreams, and stop you from taking the action required to break through to a path of betterment and accomplishment.
It’s an emotion and a feeling opposite of that calm, cool, and collectiveness you sense with familiarity.
Our fears lurk around, injecting themselves in those instances where we may already feel the most vulnerable or weak.
Being afraid tends to render us useless when it comes time for making those important and life-changing decisions.
Do you step outside the realm of comfortability or stick with safe and sound?
The answer, as frightening as it may be, is to learn to live with your fears in the right way, in order to conquer them.
Do You Fight Or Flee Your Fears?
As stated in Debbie’s book, fears are not something we can just get rid of.
They are a natural part of life which we must deal with or be ruled by.
Through accepting responsibility and embracing your fears, you allow yourself the room for true expression and become the person you want to be.
This is the person who is not defined or controlled by the unknown, but rather the person who is open to all shades of experience.
In doing so, you enable yourself to let go of the resentments, grudges, and negativity that may be holding you back.
You move from a potential place of denial and into a role of acceptance, which uncovers a state of mind where nothing is impossible.
Find Your Inspiration Everyday
Whether in a converstation, story, book, or film, where are you drawing on your source of inspiration?
What are the lessons you must learn in order to become more courageous and confident?
Regardless of where you find your inspiration, becoming a stronger, more complete person allows you to feel good about who you are and what you stand for.
Make it a point to find a source of encouragement everyday.
Courage holds some very moving and tragic stories of pain and suffering, as well as what it takes to move beyond that type of hurt and find the growth.
Debbie even opens up to share her own unique story, which is filled with more adversity and courage than I’ve read about in quite some time.
Reading is of great significance to your personal growth, and the value you find in a book is only as good as the message you take away from it.
I found that Courage can offer a great deal of guidance and value between its covers for those women and men who may be suffering or are in need right now.
Check out the book for yourself here:
Author: Debbie Ford
Available in hardcover and Kindle edition at Amazon
What about your fears? Have you struggled in the past to find the courage needed to overcome them? What kind of strength did it take? Please be sure to share in the comments section below.
Photo by: Ian Sane