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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Jean Burman March 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

Well said Lance… and a great reminder… THANK YOU :-) We can never be too brave… or too adventurous in this one precious life we have been given. I am trying every day.
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Lance Ekum March 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hello Jean!
And that’s it – getting out there and doing it – and living the adventure that becomes our life. (and I really believe you ARE doing this – what you share on your site is so infused with YOU in such wonderful ways…)

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Lynn March 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

I went back to college in middle age to explore a new career path. I didn’t think of it at the time, but in retrospect, I guess it was courageous. It opened a whole new world of possibilities. Thanks for the validation, Lance. I hope you are doing well.
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Lance Ekum March 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hi Lynn!
That’s so awesome – YOU, going back to college – I *love* it!! And that definitely qualifies as courageous – you were stepping into something new and unknown. And the thing is – sometimes it takes some life experiences to really figure out what matters most to us – but we have to make the decision to act upon these – and YOU DID!!


Ann March 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thank you for sharing this post. I like how you said about this “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.” This posts made me realize that if only I have the courage + action to finish my thesis one step at a time and with this I can move forward to the life and career that I love. I pursued my Masters to be able to be competent enough to find a great job that I love but I didn’t have the courage and will to finish it and instead procrastinate. Thank you for inspiring me to have the courage to pursue my dreams and goals in life. I like to read posts about life and career advices, and I found this blog, htttp://liveitforward.com, it has posts for those who wants to find great insights about finding and working on the life and work that you love.


Lance Ekum March 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Hi Ann,
Thanks for visiting – it’s great to have you here!

…one step at a time…and you’ll be there before you know it. Best to you, as you continue on your path…


David Stevens March 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hi Lance,
You have done a terrific job here…we all need the courage to stand up, step out and put our best foot forward. Thankyou.
be good to yourself
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Lance Ekum March 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Putting our best forward…it’s within us all…when we listen to our heart, and step out with courage…

Great to have you here, as always, my friend.


Aileen | Kaizen Vision March 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

Lance, this post gave me chills. Courage is such a vital thing to develop, and often the fears and doubts are so big and loud that the seed of courage gets squashed.
I loved this:
“Step with courage and belief, and know that the Uni­verse will sup­port you.”

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Lance Ekum March 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Aileen,
…you are doing this…I know you are!! And – it’s the steps you take, with courage, that will lead to even more wonderful moments in your life. Keep shining, dear friend…


Jon Mertz March 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

Just a note to say “well stated.” Thank you!
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Lance Ekum March 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

Thanks Jon!!


Deeone Higgs March 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Lance,

I wanted to stop in and see what content I was sharing, since we’re in the same tribe. And I’m glad that I did. I’ve actually come across your site a couple of times in the past. I remember because of your header, and had no idea that this was actually your site. I guess I didn’t put 1 and 1 together. Anywho, I really enjoyed the post buddy. I absolutely love your titles when I see them in the Triberr tribe. So, glad to know that I have an idea now, of what to expect when I see a post from you.

I really enjoyed what you had to say about courage. It’s something that we definitely need when achieving our goals. And I think you broke it down very well. Thanks for sharing your insights. Look forward to future post. :)

I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday, and wish you a great weekend as well. Cheers buddy! :)
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Lance Ekum March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Over the course of the last six months or so, I’ve shifted my site – and have brought on a team of eight other writers, who also contribute monthly. So…as much as I’d like to take credit for all the great titles – many of them belong to the other writers who write in this space. It reminds me, too, just how powerful titles can be…so thanks for that!

Have a great weekend – and I look forward to getting to know you even better!


Tess The Bold Life March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’m stepping out in courage today! I miss your posts. Have a great weekend.
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Lance Ekum March 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Awesome-ness –> you, stepping out with courage today!!!!!

And – thank you. As much as I feel like I’ve taken a step back in this space – and have, in that process, stepped a bit away from both my writing and with my online connections (which has been difficult) – I also just really have savored the “feeling” on not being over-committed (which is self-imposed).

By the looks outside right now…I think I’ll be getting my shovel out this weekend!!!


Catwoman March 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Such a great and inspiring article! I think that courage isn’t such an important thing like it had been for centuries. But there are some knights in the 21st century as well, for example my husband:)
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Lance Ekum March 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Here’s to all the knights in this world…and to everyone else who is out there living with courage!!


Jody - Fit at 54 March 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Stop pushing me Lance! ;-) Of course you are right! :-)
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Lance Ekum March 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hey Jody,
Ha!!! Hey, you know what – YOU push me, too!


Jen March 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh so good!
Smiling today. We are certainly on the same page about this, friend!!

Oh own amazing-ness. LOVE this.
Thank you for your always-inspiring posts!
In Harmony,
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Lance Ekum March 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

It’s so, so good to be on this “same page” with you…

Wishing you a very wonderful, happy, fun weekend!


Betsy at Zen Mama March 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Lance! I’m really trying to think outside the box this year and need courage sometimes to do that. I have taken on some speaking engagements and that can be hard!! As always, I always find such wonderful words of encouragement here on your blog.
Great post!
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Andrew Walker March 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

When you’re taking steps out of your comfort zone in your whole life, that’s courage. Thanks for sharing this. It’s a great post!
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Trish @I_am_Succeeding June 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

LOVE it!! A great reminder to step out of the box and BE courageous.
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