In this video I tell you:
- Exactly what courage is and isn’t.
- What fear means and whether it is important.
- How to know what to chase in life.
But first, a story.
Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a small presentation presented by a colleague.
The topic material (Well Being) was nothing ground breaking or unique. And to be quite honest, it was based around things we’ve all heard before.
Compassion. Connection. Courage. And various other self-empowered ‘C’ words.
During the break down of each word, the speaker called for the audience to stand and he began asking a few questions pertaining to that specific virtue.
It was simple: if it applied to you, you sat down. If it did not, you remained standing.
Most of the questions were fairly basic, and as such, pretty unanimous. Meaning if one sat down, they all sat down. Without question.
This held true for nearly all of the questions… Except one.
On the topic of Courage:
“How many of you all face a fear of judgement? A fear of how others will view you.”
Initially, this question didn’t really catch my interest.
But the response from the audience did.
Sitting nearly in the middle of the audience, one man decided to sit down. Without a second thought or a questioning look at the people surrounding him, he remained fixated on the speaker.
The rest of the audience remained standing, not entirely unlike before. This time though, unlike the others, they glimpsed back and forth at their peers. All of a sudden seemingly unsure of themselves.
The speaker, like the pro he is, moved onto the question without acknowledging the irony of what had just happened.
A room full of dozens of people; and the one person to openly admit his fears… also demonstrated the most courage of all.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear.
But instead, the willingness to act within the presence of it.
Fear is simply a natural illuminator of the things that matter.
These are not things to be ran from, they are things to be ran towards.
Because it is only amidst our fears that Courage is truly found.
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