I’ve been thinking about courage a lot lately. Well, specifically, I’ve been asking for courage. Noah said something the other day in bootcamp class that really stuck with me – he said (something along these lines) — “Don’t just hope and wish for the things you want. If you’re gonna pray, pray for the courage to take action.” I really liked that.
I’ve always been really interested in the topic of courage. In fact, I remember wanting to get a “courage” tattoo like 5 years ago (maybe I still will someday), mainly because of that one line in the serenity prayer.
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
The courage line always resonated with me. The courage to change the things I can. Changing things does take courage. Taking action takes courage. Doing unconventional things takes courage. Taking risks takes courage.
I don’t feel courageous 100% of the time but when that shift happens and I can take a courageous action where I once thought I couldn’t, that’s when the magic happens. That’s when life shows up to meet me.
Here are a few definitions of courage I found —
- The ability to do something that frightens one.
- Strength in the face of pain.
- The ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.
I like the idea of praying for or asking for courage and strength to take the right actions that will draw me closer to what I want, rather than praying for specific outcomes and just hoping they happen. We can’t always control outcomes, but we can stand courageously and move forward towards our desires.
Courage helps us get out of quiet desperation.
Courage helps us become the version of ourselves we really want to become.
Courage gets us out of our comfort zone.
Courage helps us face situations that may seem uncomfortable or even unbearable.
Courage is that moment when your thoughts shift from “I can’t” to “I can” (and “I will.”)
Courage is that moment when you make a decision to fight for something or to take an action towards something you desire even if you’re not sure what the outcome will be.
Courage is when you dig deep inside yourself to find the strength to do things you didn’t think you could do.
We don’t necessarily need every situation in life to be exactly the way we imagined it to be, or for everything to feel easy and smooth sailing all the time. What we need is to muster up courage. Actually, forget mustering, the courage is already inside of us, we just have to remember it’s accessible anytime we choose to access it. Because we can. Because we’re resilient beings.
I found a bunch of quotes on courage that have been really inspiring me — so I thought I’d share them with you. I hope these quotes will be a good reminder to stay resilient and open up to just the tiny bit of willingness that it takes to be inspired into courageous action.
10 Awesome Quotes About Courage
(to get you in action)
“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistenly.” -Maya Angelou
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill
“Decide you want it more than you are afraid of it.” -Bill Cosby
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” -Dorothy Bernard
“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill
“When one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” -John Wayne
And perhaps my favorite…
“Courage is asking for a time out, to shed a tear, to dust yourself off, and then getting back in the ring to fight like you’ve never fought before.” -Unknown
Sometimes all we need is a little reminder to ignite the flame of courage inside of us. As we approach a new year, let’s do it with courage. Remember that fear and uncertainty are universal. When you act courageously, you inspire others to do the same.
Do you have a quote about courage to share? Which quote above is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
I’ve shared this one a few times before too, but I think it’s fitting to end with.
“If one is persistent and heroic enough, one will generate so much heat that the gods will be forced to grant his or her wish in order to save themselves and the world from being scorched.”
Let’s set the world ablaze.