Monday, December 30, 2013

21 Simple Truths on Developing Courage

Margie Warrell writes in Find Your Courage, “Ultimately, courage has little to do with heroic acts and everything to do with the choices you make moment by moment, day by day, right throughout the course of your life. Every time an opportunity challenges you to be more than you are presently are – to take responsibility for the state of your life, express yourself authentically, act with integrity pursue your dreams, open your heart wide to the experiences of life, say no to what doesn't inspire you and yes to what does- you are acting with courage. Such opportunities to act with courage arise every day of your life.”

The following quotes are some of my favorite on courage. I'm sharing them with you with the intention of inspiring your heart and mind with a desire to manifest the seeds of greatness that dwell within you in a more expansive way in the upcoming year.

You are always only one choice away from changing your life.

~Marcy Blochowiak~

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.

~George Bernard Shaw~

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

~Rosa Parks~

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

~Anaїs Nin~

You gain strength courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

~Eleanor Roosevelt~

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.

~Maya Angelou~

Try more things. Learning to swim won't stop you from reading Shakespeare. Finding your voice won't stop you from writing novels. You should be cooking on all four burners.

~Breena Clark~

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is not a thing to be waited for, it's a thing to be achieved.

~William Jennings Bryan~

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has been reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome.

~Booker T. Washington~

I think people who lack self-esteem lack it because they haven't taken enough risks and haven't succeed enough. Nobody can talk you into a feeling good about yourself-you get solid good feelings from success.

~David K. Reynolds~

There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

~C.S. Lewis~

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

~Ambrose Redmoon~

The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then with your knees knocking and your heart racing, step out anyway – even when that step makes sense to nobody but you. I know that's not easy. But making a bold move is the only way to truly advance toward the grandest vision the universe has for you.

~Oprah Winfrey~

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I'll try again tomorrow.”

~Mary Anne Radmaccher~

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

~Raymond Linquist~

Courage is the never let your action be influenced by your fears.

~Arthur Roestler~

Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.

~Robert Cody~

What I know for sure is that no matter where you stand right now- on a hilltop, in a gutter, at a crossroads, in a rut – you need to give yourself the best you have to offer in this moment. This is it. Rather than depleting yourself with judgments about what you haven't done, who you could have become, why you haven't moved faster, or what you should have changed redirect this energy toward your next big push- the one that takes you from enough to better. The one that takes you from adequate to extraordinary. The one that helps you rise up from a low moment and reach for your personal best.

~Oprah Winfrey~

When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that come from knowing you are working to make things better.


Behold the turtle, he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.

~James Bryant Conant~

Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.

~Napoleon Bonaparte~

Messages of fear run rampant in our world. It is my belief that these messages have created such a fear consciousness in the life of individuals, families, communities and nations that we must take deliberate actions to guard our hearts and mind with faith and courage.

We can no longer afford to have our thoughts and actions be dominated by fear if we desire to experience better conditions in our world. Together we can create a shift in the consciousness of our families, communities and nations by practicing acts of courage immersed in love.

I'd like to know what you think, why do you think courage is so important to creating positive change in your life and in our world? Share your thoughts below.

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Happy New Year !
Until the next time, be great by choice.

Jackie Capers-Brown

Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish

Author, Lead toSucceed: How to Get Ahead at Work -No Matter What Your Job Is. All sales of this eBook will go towards funding the Elevate Leadership and Entrepreneur Mentoring Academy for Youth and Single Parents. For additional information on the book, click here.