By: Beth Hambleton, Practice Manager –
Recently, I attended my first all day virtual leadership conference. The primary focus of the conference was all about COURAGE.
At first, I thought, this is going to be a very long day. And what more could I possibly learn about courage that I didn’t already know? And, frankly, how was it going to help me, or anyone, get through our current set of circumstances?
By the end of the day, I was pleasantly surprised with my renewed spirit to tackle whatever life throws at me. I learned so much that day and left with many reminders that I continue to build upon every day. I know from my own experience that it has been very easy over the last few months to feel lost, worried, fearful, and/or scared. There are so many emotions that we face as we adjust to the numerous challenges, obstacles, and frustrations of our everyday lives.
However, no matter what life throws at us, we must remember not to let fear take away our joy in life. There is always going to be fear – fear of change, fear of sickness, fear of failure, fear of letting go, fear of new beginnings, fear of getting out of bed, fear of being wrong, fear of the unknown, etc. It is what we do with those fears that allows us to grow, learn, break barriers, overcome obstacles, and discover the joy amidst the pain.
There are some famous quotes that have resonated with me as I reflect on COURAGE:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not the person, who does not feel afraid, but the person who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears”. – John McCain
Courage is being afraid but showing up anyways. You choose how you show up.
Will Smith (playing the role of Chris Gardner) said it well in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, when he said, “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves; they want to tell you, you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. All right?”
What strikes me in that quote is this –
Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do something – even if that person is YOU.
So, I challenge you – BE COURAGEOUS! Do little things every day to triumph over your fears. Let me know how it goes for you.