An exceptional life must be a life of courage. People who impact the world for good must be courageous. We often think of the bravery that is needed when we read a quote like this one:
“First responders are the people who when a crisis situation occurs can be seen running toward the danger when everyone else is running the other way.”
So we say, “yep, you have to be brave to be in law enforcement.”
But there are many areas where courage is needed that are not as dramatic, but just as demanding. For instance:
- Having the courage to speak up when everyone else is staying silent.
- Having the courage to bear being misunderstood without needing to explain.
- Having the courage to accept innovation and with a positive attitude rather than operating out of the fear of the untested and new.
- Having the courage to endure a painful situation or injury week after week and month after month.
- Having the courage to lead when others are content to simply follow the crowd
You won’t see these acts of courage written up on the front page of the newspaper, but they are just as demanding and sometimes even more so, than running toward the sound of gunfire.
How do you develop courage?
Courage is a heart issue. In fact, the word courage comes from the Latin word for heart – “Cor.”
So we develop courage by developing our heart, or by increasing our love.
- Deepen your love for others.
- Focus on loving integrity and doing right.
- Seek to love adventure over safety.
- Keep your attention on staying calm, not being loved by everyone.
These are things anyone can work on. Each one of them will build up our heart which will naturally grow your courage.(credit to Dr. Brene Brown)
Running toward danger is courageous and I’m sure everyone reading this is willing do exactly that. But, to be truly courageous you must work on demonstrating courage in the areas others may never see. For that you must grow your love. Learn to love big and become fearless.