Courage

Courage

Definition: The ability to do something that frightens ones bravery.

Strength in the face of pain or grief.

I have been doing some research and came across attributes of a courageous person. I bet you can associate yourself with at least 1.

1. Feeling fear yet choosing to act

2. Following your heart

3. Perseverance in the face of adversity

4. Standing up for what is right

5. Expanding your horizons and leaving your comfort zone.

6. Face suffering with dignity and faith

When a 5 different very close friends told me this week I had courage and in the past they have told me too. I don’t think I truly understood the meaning of the word. To me the word courage should be associated with Rosa Parks who refused to sit at the back, Ant Middleton who scaled Mount Everest and nearly died trying, Nelson Mandela who chose to speak out about injustice at fear of his life.

But it accidentally occurred to me yesterday that I face a lot of bravery every single day and so do a number of people in my life. Even though we’re not facing physical challenges like climbing a mountain we are facing mental ones and require stamina and innovation.

You need to acknowledge your bravery no matter what the situation may be, going to work, going to school, going to the gym or going shopping. What I have learnt this week more than ever is that this bravery fuels you with empowerment, which also fuels your self confidence. Which then makes you do things out of your comfort zone.

Just take a moment to think about when you didn’t want to do something…….

For me a while ago I didn’t want to go to a meeting in another city, it was out of my comfort zone, I didn’t have any time to prepare I was trying to find excuses for not going, I don’t feel well, I could miss my train etc. But when I got there it wasn’t as bad as I thought, I felt empowered, I felt confident and I felt like the cocky, and loveable side of me shone through. Which then in turn convinced my colleagues that I was the expert in my field.

Summary

We demonstrate more courage when we are fearful but when we proceed anyway despite our fear. That my friends demonstrates the most courage of all.

I’m dedicating this blog to each one of you I’ve spoken to this week. Friends, cousin, my PT, and a complete stranger who reached out via social media. You all know who you are. Thank you 🙏🏼

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