Does courage matter

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  Steve Jobs

Do you have the courage to take the first step towards your greatest desire? Have you made the decision that you are going to commit without knowing all the details? Do you realize that you have everything you need to succeed? You have the talent in you to complete the unbelievable, the unimaginable and even the perceived impossible. You must believe that it’s possible and have the courage to leap when others are standing by watching.

The difference maker in manifesting a desire is your ability to take the risk and make it happen. What is keeping you from turning your impossible into possible? Have you taken the time to reverse engineer your dreams? Even if you can’t fill in all the gaps right now, you can hurdle the obstacles as they arise. Are you ready to leap?

Do you have the courage to act without knowing the final outcome? Do you have faith that no matter what happens you will live with the consequences because that is the point of living? T.S. Eliot stated “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Power exists in the ability to understand and appreciate failure for what it is. Your courage to accept that failure is a component of your journey will transpire into mental equity. Courage is not the lack of fear it is simply acting in spite of the fear.

You won’t always know what’s going to happen, and in that uncertainty you will build the mental muscle needed to become the person you want to become. Life is not about getting to a certain level it’s about becoming your ideal self. It has been said that it will take you acting courageously to reach the upper levels of your potential.  

Acting courageously is a character trait of many professionals, some of which are those who serve the public. Oklahoma City Fire Fighter Jeff Weisbrod goes to work every day expecting the unexpected and relies on his training and teammates to help bridge the gaps of the unknown. Courage in spite of unfamiliar circumstances is something a Fire Fighter must contend with constantly. Weisbrod says, “Any time someone calls 911, we know it could be the worst day of their life. Putting the citizens of Oklahoma City before yourself allows us to handle the unknown.”

Training and practice are imperative to build the confidence needed to be courageous in time of need. Weisbrod continued “We train all week for that one fire or that one incident. We may only have to use the acquired skill once in our career but when we’re called on it we feel confident. We go into it [a fire] expecting the worst and hoping for the best, nine out of ten times it’s nothing but you have to go on every call like it’s worst case scenario.”  

Are you training yourself to step into your life with courage?

Weisbrod added, “You can’t train on every scenario because there are so many variables and you don’t always know what is going to happen. It’s tough to train for every situation so you have to have the confidence and courage in yourself and your team. We work together as a team and maintain the belief in each other that we can get the job done.”

Much like fighting fires or protecting the public, it has been said that building your courage muscle is much like building your physical muscle. By working daily to get uncomfortable and continually raising your standards your mental toughness will increase dramatically. You have the tools necessary to be courageous and you must be willing to use them. Make this month a time of stepping out of your comfort zone and forcing yourself to make the phone call, propose the idea or suggest the tough choice.

Do not be afraid of the outcomes in life, be afraid of what will happen if you choose not to pursue them. How can you be more intentional about injecting courage into your life today? It’s possible your answer will shape your future.