Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it. – Mark Twain
Men and women of courage.
We often picture people of courage as those who laugh in the face of danger, those who know no fear, those who press on when no one in their ‘right mind’ would go any farther. While it is true that facing danger and pressing on past human limits takes courage, it is not true that the courageous feel no fear. After working with many men and women that have repeatedly put themselves in dangerous situations and were recognized for their valor, I can tell you that they did not lack fear. They set themselves apart by acknowledging their fears and taking action anyway.
How to use your fear.
You may think that I do not understand the situation that you are facing. You may think that your fear is rooted in facts about what you are about to face. You are right, I do not know what you are facing and your fear probably is justified. Fear is something that is healthy and if it is based in fact, it helps you to proceed with caution. Fear is not something that should prohibit you from moving forward, but as you acknowledge and embrace fear, it helps guide you as you move through life. You too have the courage to stand up to your fears and leverage them for your benefit.
- What is fear keeping you from doing?
- What lesson is your fear teaching you?
- What steps can you take to overcome your fear?
- How can you leverage your fear to make sure you are proceeding with healthy caution?