Courage, what exactly is it? How do we know when we have it?
- Is it trusting in your own strength, physical or emotional?
- Is it to act in accordance with one’s beliefs and values especially in spite of criticism?
- Is it something a person must be able to sustain it in the face of difficulty?
I suggest it is all of these. Courage can be big and bold like taking a stand in the face of great danger. Or it can be subtle perseverance towards an enterprising goal. Fundamentally I believe courage demands integrity, personal agency and honesty. Honesty may not be the first associated made with the word courage, but to act authentically and aligned with core values demands a substantial amount of strength in the face of the unknown.
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~ Raymond Lindquist
My clients are some of the most courageous people I know. Each and everyone without fail have reached that goal or a better outcome when they coupled their perseverance with personal agency. In some cases they have made long strides to overcome low self-esteem, self-efficacy as well as the discouraging pessimistic messages from others.
Their personal visions for a more compelling future laid the foundation, their will to let go of the familiar and to try again tomorrow supplied the tools and their innate abilities and creativity provided the materials to make real their aspirations. To be a part of such a journey is an honor for which I am deeply grateful.
The zest for life they bring is sustaining and infectious. One has ventured out to make a part-time ballroom dress design business, a big beautiful business. Erin has rekindled the creative fires at home by literally and figuratively clearing away the clutter. An other client has pressed forward to complete her second children’s book. Emily has embraced a new sense of physically and took part in this year’s RAGBRI biking through Iowa. Dana created the sacred space in her home that nurtures her family. David made a bold decision to move back to the unexpected city with his wife and child because it was the right fit for them, even though it is far from “home.”
So how will you be courageous in service of your best life?
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher