Courage is an essential part of growth and I believe growth to be one of the key requirements for happiness.
We often confuse courage with ‘being a hero’. Courage isn’t a once in a lifetime event like rescuing a family from a fire or some other way of putting our own lives at risk. Hopefully you will never need to do these things, but does that mean you can’t be courageous?
No. Courage comes from the small decisions and choices we make every day.
Asking for help when you need it
Being able to say ‘I don’t know’
Letting people know how you really feel instead of responding with your usual ‘I’m fine’
Choosing the option that is right for you especially when it is not the popular one
Knowing and accepting that there is nothing at all wrong with being afraid
Saying ‘I love you’, ‘I miss you’ or ‘I need you’ when you are unsure of the response
Following your heart when your head is telling you otherwise
Putting something out there before you’ve perfected it
Giving up the excuses, complaints and justifications that hold you back
Saying ‘no’ or ‘yes’ and putting your needs first
Following your dreams
Getting out of bed and showing up
Taking a step forward, no matter how small
Saying hello to a stranger on the street or sending a thank you letter
Wearing the outfit you’ve got stuck in the back of the wardrobe because you are never sure whether it’s appropriate
Choosing play before work, rest before housework
Allowing yourself to take the easy option or the difficult option whichever is best in the moment
Owning your space, time and life
Turning off the computer and talking to the person next to you
Crying when you’re sad, laughing out loud and allowing yourself to be angry when something pisses you off
Walking into a room full of strangers and saying hello
Making the appointments you need, the ones that scare you and showing up
Setting your standards, establishing your boundaries and sticking to then as best you can
It’s having the confidence to accept how your life is and let go of your expectations of what life should look like
Giving up the comfort foods that are making you unwell
Risking being laughed at and being able to laugh along
Ordering a different menu item, trying a different restaurant or visiting a new place
Not knowing the answers but trying something anyway
Trusting that you will find a way, you will solve the problems
We are given hundreds of opportunities a day to practice courage and honestly at times I think rescuing somebody from a fire may be easier than giving up chocolate. Courage is relative to you, not somebody else’s experience.
Do you believe that you are courageous? What ways do you practice courage, let us know in the comments below.
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