Courage is defined as the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Mental or moral strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
I love the word courage. It means I have to make the decision every day to do something that I know will be difficult. And I need all of the mental and moral strength I can muster to persevere. Some days, courage means putting a smile on my face when I just don’t feel like smiling. Other days it is holding my ground. Hell, trying on a bathing suit is a total act of courage.
If we’re not careful, we erode our “courage bank account.”
When we are younger, we think we are invincible. We believe we can do anything (just ask my teenagers!). Somewhere along the way, that confidence and self-assurance starts getting knocked down, slowly eroding over time. We wake up one day and think, “I can’t, I shouldn’t, I couldn’t possibly,” and if we’re not careful, it erodes our “courage bank account.” When our account is empty, we start to question ourselves and our choices. We second guess our gut and overthink things. We become paralyzed with fear. We get stuck.
Courage means taking risks, going after what you really want, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. It could be having a difficult conversation, setting clear boundaries, signing up for a class, or anything else you’ve been avoiding because it is difficult, scary, or uncomfortable. I’m here to give you a little nudge.
Building courage doesn’t happen all at once. It happens one decision at a time. Where could you use a little courage right now? What is one thing you can do this week to start moving in that direction?