Courage… an excerpt from the book:
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Courage is to be one of my favorite words that define success because it is the one I have struggled with the most. By definition, the word courage includes strength. We are not talking about physical strength, although sometimes we need it to display courage. Instead, we are talking about inner-strength. We are talking about power that cannot be seen or measured. It is that force that allows so many people to face danger and defy the odds to receive victory. Notice the word persevere is also a part of the definition of courage. Perseverance is such an important component of courage that we will address it separately in a later chapter.
In addition to strength and perseverance, the definition of courage also includes the word venture. This is a hidden gem at needs some examination. Venture means to go forth and seek and yes, it is from the same root as the word adventure. Success requires people to venture out of their comfort zones in order to find various pathways to victory. Courage requires us to have faith. It requires us to say “if” and when. It requires us to dream. It requires us to we must seek out opportunities, set goals, and take risks. We must think outside the box in order to achieve greater results. Every time we venture out, or go on an adventure, we summon a certain level of courage to get the job done.
Real-life situations allow us to call on courage, even when we do not realize we possess it. Some situations that invite courage include helping a loved one in immediate danger or defending your most prized possessions. These are obviously dangerous situations that most people can relate to. These threats require massive amounts of courage while we are in the midst of danger. Other bouts that require courage are not as threatening, but just as daunting for too many people. Personal interactions and communication immediately come to mind. We all know how important it is to make a good first impression.
How do successful people discover courage? Successful people envision what victory looks like. They use faith as a starting point. They see “when” instead of “if”. Successful people dare to dream, and then use their vision as a guide. They let their passion lead them to find the courage to overcome fear. As we proceed, you will see other elements that successful people use to build courage. They build upon their knowledge and accept the fact they must take risks in order to be successful. Successful people understand the right choice might not be the popular choice, but they lean on their character as a guide.
Last but not least, successful people know hard work leads to building courage, and both are the necessary components each of us must possess as we provide motivation for the world, one word at a time.
Affirmation: I have the power to summon enough courage to survive in the face of real or perceived danger.
Next Chapter (11): Character… an excerpt from the book: Defining Success, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee
Previous Chapter (9): Fear: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 7: Goal: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 5: Vision: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 4: Dream: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 3: If: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 2: Faith: Defining Success, One Word At a Time