Adding Courage to Your Vision Is Like Adding Water to Concrete Mix
“Courage is not just plunging in when you don’t know the way, it is plunging in and being okay with not knowing the way.” – Kevy Michaels
Courage is like water. It brings alive almost anything to which it is added. It takes courage to accomplish almost anything, except stagnation, and complacency.
It was easy to find information, videos, articles and testimonies on courage. The internet is loaded with opinions about courage. It was a bit more challenging to filter through to identify the common themes in each of the various sources.
I use this technique with nearly all research and it helps me to cover what is true and what isn’t. After initiating my research with known reputable sources, I challenge the opinion with other opinions, from other sources. Usually those sources which are consistent with the reputable ones are the ones most likely to be true.
Tonight I performed this exercise and found several consistencies, which based on my life story, appear to be true.
I agree with each of the summarized findings listed below, as it relates to courage.
Here are Pearls of wisdom on Courage:
- Courage is the key to life itself. Without courage we become stagnant and our dreams fail to ever launch.
- Admit to your fears with regard to your goal. Success does not mean you have no fear. Courage requires fear.
- Courage is not letting fears stop you from proceeding.
- End the end, through courage, we will find that our fears were an illusion.
- Courage is the foundation – gives you a something to build on. Without courage you will not be able to build anything.
- Life is full of opportunity. Some ignore or don’t see them. It takes courage to see opportunities before they manifest, and do something about it.
- The reason that fear is requisite to courage, is because it is fear that becomes transformed to progress. Without fear, they would be no progress.
- Courage is when your actions takes on a life of their own, that many may not understand.
- Courage is believing so strongly in your ability that you welcome discomfort today, just to take advantage of its opportunity, tomorrow.
- Courage also requires having a vision or goal that usually starts out as a whisper then turns into a roar in our heart. That’s God placing the vision inside of us, giving us an option to be brave.
It Takes Courage To….
- Go against the grain.
- Love and celebrate yourself.
- Stand up for what’s right, even when you’re the only one.
- Face your fears.
- Fight dis-ease.
- Admit to mistakes.
- Defy odds.
- Accept that death is inevitable.
- Live life exceedingly.
- Believe in yourself and believe in God.
- Take that first step.
- Surrender to a power great than your ego.
- Be Strong and Courageous.
- Step out and be seen.
- Explorer and pioneer.
- Leave the old and embrace the new.
- Stand your ground.
- Run the Race.
- Give it everything you have, heart and soul.
Add your own items to the list above and evaluate how courageous you are.
It takes courage to do all of these things, and more. It’s hard to imagine success at anything, without courage.
This is perhaps why Morgan Freeman says the Courage is the key to life itself.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been courageous, even as a child, and more so as an adult.
As a child I took on surprise carpentry projects to please my mother, I was the MC for the entire school fall festival at 6 years old, telling the full story of Peter Cotton Tail, landed my first job at 14, I began college at 16, moved out on my own at 17, lived and traveled abroad, pursued entrepreneurial endeavors, fought conventional medicine’s deceptions, advocated for my mother, against Government agencies, officials, and others, and ultimately gave my health, love, and material possessions up, to ensure that she experienced optimal care in her final years.
…And now, I bare my soul, blogging and writing about my story, without fear or shame.
To me, that is Courage!
7 Days, 7+ Quotes – On Having Courage
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
“Stop, look, investigate, ask the right questions, come to the right conclusions and have the courage to act on them and see what happens. The first steps may bring the roof down on your head, but soon the commotion will clear and there will be peace and joy.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius
“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” – (Chronicles 28:20) – David also said to Solomon
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – (1 Corinthians 15:58)
“To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” – Confucius
“If I am to sit down, who is there to stand up?” – Maulānā Sayyid Abuʾl-Aʿlā Maudūdī [d. 1399/1979]
“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.” – Haile Selassie
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – (John 14:27)
“Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – (Psalm 23:1-4)
“The first steps in self-acceptance are not at all pleasant, for what one sees is not a happy sight. One needs all the courage to go further.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One who is shy or arrogant cannot learn.” – Mujāhid b. Jabr [d 104H/722CE]
“Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” – (Philippians 1:28)
“I will not allow anyone to oppress or transgress the rights of others, but I will put his cheek on the ground and place my foot on his other cheek until he submits to the truth. But I will lay my own cheek on the ground before those who are humble and modest.” – ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb [d. 23H/644CE]
“Courage is not just plunging in when you don’t know they way, it is plunging in and being okay with not knowing the way.” – Kevy Michaels
‘Courage is the key to life itself’ – Morgan Freeman – CNN – Published on Jun 3, 2014
- It does not matter what you inherited from your birth. You can always work your way out of that.
- What matters is what you learn from your environment as you live life.
- Courage is the key to life itself.
- If you say you will never get out, you won’t. …You will never succeed, you’ll fail
Be Strong and Courageous – 27,390 views – Richard Gorven – Published on Nov 22, 2013
- We all have a vision to change the world and would pursue it only if we knew it would succeed.
- The risk is too great and the cost is too high for most of us. …The storm ahead seems to powerful for us to handle
- Then whisper turns into a roar in our heart; that’s God placing the vision inside of us.
- To bring life to our visions, we must find courage now.
- Judging by others should encourage you to try harder instead of frighten us.
- Life was designed not to give us what we want, but give us what we deserve.
- You don’t need permission to have courage
COURAGE – Motivational Video – 25,095 views – Angelo Rodriguez – Published on Apr 17, 2016
- Success does not mean that you do not have fear.
- Those with courage are afraid too.
- But those with courage don’t allow fears stop them.
- Don’t run away from your fears; Run towards them; Conquer them.
- Our fears are just an illusion.
- “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
- Our presence, in courage, automatically liberates others.
Be Strong and Courageous – 27,390 views – 1782SHARE – Richard Gorven – Published on Nov 22, 2013
- What we desire are outcomes. …An effect that cannot manifest without a cause.
- They need a seed, root and foundation. Courage is the thing that gives a platform to build on.
- Courage is the foundation – gives you a something to build on
- Every starting block journey endeavor starting something new you are a rookie….at the bottom
- Don’t be fearful. Be thankful
- Only required is having the courage to say yes
- Life is opportunity – Some ignore – It takes courage to see
- Courage is opening your eyes and being brave enough to create and move outside of your comfort zone.
- Simple and Easy are very different words
- The understanding that fear becomes transformed to progress
- Allow stumbling in the beginning….you will be transforming
- It takes no courage be stagnant
- I am worth more than I have now
- Courage is when your actions takes on a life of their own
- Smiling and moving forward
- Courage is believing so strongly in your ability that you welcome discomfort today, just to take advantage of it tomorrow
- Courage is taking one courageous step at a time….in order
- Trusting God for he said I will be with you I won’t give up on you
- Follow the vision that God himself place inside of us
The Courage and Bravery of Elders – Posted by Ronni Bennett on Monday, 10 March 2014
Recently, I ran across a quotation from Muriel Spark on the subject of growing old:
”Being over 70 is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.”
Spark reminded me of a blog post I have intended to write for a long time (see above headline). But first, I wanted to be sure I know the difference between courage and bravery which most of us – me too and even some dictionaries – use interchangeably.
Fortunately, there is a respectable website called DifferenceBetween and I’m going to quote at length their explanation of the difference between courage and bravery. Added emphasis is mine:
”Bravery is the ability to confront pain, danger or attempts of intimidation without any feeling of fear. It is strength in character that allows a person to always be seemingly bigger than the crisis, whether he is indeed more powerful or is lesser than what he is tackled with.
“Courage, on the other hand, is the ability to undertake an overwhelming difficulty or pain despite the eminent and unavoidable presence of fear. More than a quality, it is a state of mind driven by a cause that makes the struggle all worth it.
“Unlike in the case of bravery, a person fueled by courage may feel inevitably small in the face of peril, pain or problems. The essence of courage is not the feeling of being certainly capable of overcoming what one is faced with, but rather is the willful choice to fight regardless of the consequences.” Read More
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