What Does Courage Look Like?

by Lance Ekum on · 25 comments

Steps into the Field
Creative Commons License photo credit: ToGa Wan­der­ings

“The more you do, the more you’ll do.” ~ Anony­mous

Courage.  It’s an inter­est­ing thing.

A guy risks his own life to save another life.  That’s courage.

A woman enlists in the armed forces, and fights to pro­tect a coun­try.  That’s courage.

A child stands up for her­self when an adult has abused her.  That’s courage.

A man goes back to col­lege in mid­dle age, to explore a new career path.  That’s courage.

A woman rebuilds a rela­tion­ship with her mother.  That’s courage.

Def­i­n­i­tion:  men­tal or moral strength to ven­ture, per­se­vere, and with­stand dan­ger, fear, or difficulty.

Men­tal and/or moral strength to per­se­vereEach of these exam­ples are that. 

As much as we might talk about it — about the things we’re going to do, the changes we’re going to make, the life we’re going to live — what it really comes down to is tak­ing that first step (and then tak­ing those “first steps” again and again).

First steps…again and again.  That’s it — step­ping into the unknown to move beyond where we are today.   Some­times it’s exhil­a­rat­ing .  Some­times scary.  And all sorts of in between (and lots of what might feel like “noth­ing extra spe­cial” moments).

  • Might be late nights work­ing on some new idea — just you and a note­book (with lots of things crossed out).
     
  • Might be daily trips to the gym, even when you’re tired and don’t feel like doing it again.
     
  • Might be start­ing up your com­puter, and shar­ing another per­sonal story on your web­site.
     
  • Might be pick­ing up the tele­phone and shar­ing your idea with oth­ers.
     
  • Might be going to one more net­work­ing event — even when that’s not your “thing”.
     
  • Might be try­ing a new deriva­tion, after every other one you’ve tried hasn’t worked as planned.
     
  • Might be {any­thing that takes some sort of action on your part}.

Courage.  Some­times big and grandiose — although often­times small and unno­tice­able to the aver­age onlooker. 

Take those small steps — steps, with courage and with action — into the big and amaz­ing dreams within YOU.  Oth­ers may not notice.  You’ll know, though, that these steps are steps of courage into YOUR best life. 

Choose to take a step — TODAY — into your own amazing-ness.  Step with courage and belief, and know that the Uni­verse will sup­port you.


by Lance Ekum

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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