Courage lets You go in the right direction
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere.” –Unknown
Like everybody else in life, there have been times when I have been faced with circumstances that were not the most pleasant to deal with. There are really only two choices as to how you decide to face these moments in life. One is to act out of fear, that you may lose what you have worked for or be hurt irreparably by whatever misstep has come your way. Or you can face the challenge of the situation head on and with a courage that you will not be conquered by the events of your life and you will not shrink from them. You will come out on the other end a stronger, better person. Courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Quotes of Courage from the Cowardly Lion
I have always liked the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, how he realizes that if he would just face his life with more courage he would be more happy and successful. The best part is, that just like all of us, all of the courage that he ever needed was inside him all the time just waiting for him to have the confidence to use it. He just needs to get beyond the limiting belief that he is a coward and always will be.
The ability to summon up courage from inside yourself does not have to be done with a formal ritual, or a special process. It has to be done by believing in yourself, and your value as a human being. I know that is all well and good, but how do you really do that? Get by the catch phrase and summon up the courage that you need.
I Can And I Will-Quotes of Courage
When you are faced with a difficult task, that you think you may struggle with, repeat this phrase to yourself, “I can and I will”. At first, you may not quite believe it, as you try to fight through your own insecurities and fears.
Keep thinking it, “I can and I will”, soon as your past failures and personal limitations fall off to the side you will begin to feel the confidence of this statement, “I can and I will”, your own well of courage which is inside each of us will start to bubble to the surface. At first like a few small bubbles but as you continue to think and believe, “I can and I will”, more and more will come to you.
Each challenge you face will be faced more and more easily with the courage you have inside you. You will not always be successful, but you will start to realize that a failure will not permanently define you, but you courage will. You will start to reach higher for things you once never dreamed you had the ability to reach. And if you fail? So what, “I can and I will” , what you are looking for will happen for you.
Courage is better than fear
Why then is it so hard to reach inside and summon up the courage that is in each of us just waiting to be used?
Most often it is our own limiting beliefs that stop us from reaching for what we want. Limiting beliefs are thoughts that have been said so much by ourselves or others that we have finally just stopped questioning them and accept them as true, regardless of what they do to us.
Examples, “I’m not smart enough”, “I don’t have the talent”, “I am too ugly”, “Good things only happen to other people”, “I can’t”, there are many more.
As you can see if you allow yourself to be boxed into your life by believing statements that are limiting you, you will never be able to reach your potential. And the bad part is that these limiting beliefs become, in ways, very comforting to us. They explain why other people are happy and we are not.
If you are hearing that little voice inside your head that is repeating any of these types of limiting beliefs, there is one thing you can do today that will start to erode them away. Just say, “To heck with that, I’m awesome.” This phrase carries with it the appropriate emotional emphasis to get you through whatever limits you have placed on yourself and/or your abilities. Try it when your limiting thoughts come up, “I’m too fat.” Reply with, “To heck with that, I’m awesome, I am not defined by my weight.”
You will find that once you start to overcome these limiting beliefs, there isn’t really a lot of things that can stand in your way. Another example, “Success in business is for other people, not me.”To heck with that, I am as smart and deserving as anyone else in the world. I can be successful, all I need to do is try.” Try this with one of your own limiting beliefs and you will see that you have the courage to fight for yourself and to get what you deserve to be happy. Because the bottom line is that we all deserve to be happy, even you! Our minds need to be reminded of this continually. If you don’t control your mind, someone else will.
I could rattle on all day, but the essence of this article can be boiled down into one sentence that I hope you will read and remember:
We all have courage inside us that will allow us to achieve all of the great things we want to achieve if we will just use it.
That is it, put aside the fear, and limiting beliefs that have held you down for years and summon up the courage that we all have to strive for a dream, or to reach for the goal. You may or may not get there, but courage allows the journey, and the journey is what life is all about.
Quotes of Courage
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
Courage is not living without fear. Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway. – Chae Richardson
Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.” -Author unknown
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.—Thoreau
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. –A.A. Hodge
It is curious—curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.– Mark Twain
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. —Susan B. Anthony
Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.–Unknown
Silence is evil’s closest ally. –Gary Amirault
Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.—Mark Twain
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.—Gandhi
New paradigms put everyone practicing the old paradigm at risk. The higher one’s position, the greater the risk. The better you are at your paradigm, the more you have invested in it, the more you have to lose by changing paradigms. –Joel Arthur Barker
True courage is not the absence of fear—but the willingness to proceed in spite of it.–Unknown
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. –William Shakespeare
A certain amount of opposition is great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind. – John Neal
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.– E. F. Schumacher
In the end, they wanted security more than they wanted freedom. –Edward Gibbon (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name. –Robert Louis Stevenson
One man with courage makes a majority.– Andrew Jackson
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato
To know how to say what other people only think, is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers. –Elizabeth Rundle
Fear comes from the Adamic nature—faith comes from the Christ nature– Jacquelyn K. Heasley
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.–Robert Frost
People tend to want to follow the beaten path. The difficulty is that the beaten path doesn’t seem to be leading anywhere.–Charles M. Mathias
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere. –Unknown
But the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them,glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. –Thucydides
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is -try to please everybody.–Herbert Bayard Swope
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.–James Bryant Conant –
The greatest mistake is life is to be continually fearing that you will make one. –Elbert Hubbard
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.–Adlai E. Stevenson
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. –Edmund Burke
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. –Bob Dylan
Except a person be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave. –Mark Twain
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. — Henry David Thoreau
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –Martin Luther King Jr
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin