Motivation Mondays: Courage
“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
In literature from Classical Antiquity, Courage/Fortitude is considered one of the four Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Justice and Temperance are others), and to live a full and productive life is to live it with doses of courage. We often imagine courageous people to be warriors, risk takers and lion-like, but there is more to that category. While warriors and such are part of the picture we paint when we think of the word, Courage also comes in small packages; it comes in simple yet life changing actions. For some, it takes courage to get out of bed and start the day; It takes courage to stick to that exercise and weight loss routine; It takes courage to speak up and defend those who can’t speak for themselves; It takes courage to leave familiar ground and venture afar. Courage is like a mountain, until we reach the top, it seems insurmountable. How have you been courageous in your life?
“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” Robert Green Ingersoll
Motivational Minute #24 – Courage by Nick Vujicic
When I left the UK to move to the USA, I did so under the objections of my father. I assured him I would focus on my studies and follow the right path. There was a part of me that was terrified to move to a new country and start life afresh, away from friends and all my family, but I knew it was the best thing to do. Many times during my years here, I wanted to pack up and leave, but I remembered my promise to my dad to make the best of my time here and live with courage. It takes courage to move to a new country and start at the bottom. Many people who were successful professionals in their native lands come to the USA and start at the bottom of the rung or even change professions because they can’t get licensed in their field of studies; it takes great courage to make that leap. Even starting a blog and sticking to it is an act of courage. Get the picture? So don’t beat yourself up for not being like XYZ. Pat yourself on the back for the courageous steps you take daily. Little steps lead to big steps. What acts of courage do you have planned for this week?
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for November are:
11/3 – Change
11/10 – Courage
11/17 – Forgiveness
11/24 – Gratitude
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” Aristotle
COURAGE by Tim Han – MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO 2014
When we think about Courage, we sometimes get discouraged because we think the obstacles will be huge. Yet, if we think of our goal and the bigger picture of how to we will feel once that fear is overcome, we can begin to make the necessary effort to reach our destination or a specific goal. The Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range, has been scaled by courageous mountaineers. They tried it even though it seemed insurmountable. You don’t have to be a mountain climber, you can climb your own symbolic mountains in small ways every day. By the way, that shot is from NASA as seen from space. Keep your eyes on the prize and your mountains will become mole hills. What mountain will you scale today?
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Positive Motivation Tip: Courage takes effort and humility. Until we are willing to let go of shame and failure, we will continue to avoid being courageous.
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