To Have Courage

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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

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Unlike to what some may believe, courage is not a quality you are, or are not, you are not born with. It is one that can be developed and worked on.

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Courage is the mental and emotional preparedness and ability to deal with difficult, challenging, and sometimes seemingly impossible circumstances. It is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, intimidation and other threats.

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When we work to develop courage, we both empower ourselves with the ability to deal with problems head on, as well as, acquire the skills required to deal with life’s inevitable challenges. Courage is a psychological muscle. Indeed, when we build any muscle, we do so in order to build strength and resilience.

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How do you grow your courage? Start small but start somewhere. Moving forward and stepping out of your comfort zone can be daunting at first, so start out by doing something small. Ask that girl, or guy, out for a coffee (or herbal tea, juice, power shake). It may be scary, but that is okay – do it anyway. If you normally hold back and are afraid to speak up, offer your opinion and suggestions at the next office meeting. It may feel awkward at first, but know that it gets easier with practice.

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Slowly, but surely build up your courage by starting to create the life you want instead of it happening by default, living on autopilot, or being trapped by limiting beliefs

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You do not need to wait for the right moment, the right situation, or the right tools to take control of your life. Whatever you need is already within you, and the most important time in your life is right now. What is that thing you have been putting off because you have felt afraid?

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Commit to yourself to begin to live a more courageous life, starting today.


“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness”.
Maxwell Maltz

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