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Power Thought: A definition of courage


Today’s Power Thought is not inspired by a quote, per se … but an answer to a question that was posed during a 30-day Bravery Challenge I’m participating in this month from my friend Cindy Ashton. Last Friday, she asked us to define what courage meant to us. This was my response:

“My definition of courage: feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Without fear, there is no courage. Brushing your teeth doesn’t take courage … unless you are afraid of toothbrushes or toothpaste. It is just something you do. But, if you are afraid of heights, going zip lining is a courageous act. Sometimes fear is a warning that what you are about to do could be dangerous. Sometimes it is merely a warning that you are about to step out of your status quo. When you feel fear gauge which one it is and act accordingly.”

I’ve talked about how fear stops us from stepping into our power and owning our awesome before. And no matter how much we believe that fear is actually “false evidence appearing real” … it still gets the better of us at times.

And that’s OK. Fear is going to be there, whether you like it or not. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is facing fear and meeting it face on. It is looking fear in the face and shouting, “You don’t own me!”

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