Sometimes, placing one foot in front of the other takes courage
Fear of the unknown tempts us to give up , but courage helps us find out way
When we’re out on the mountain alone with no sign of humanity in any direction, staying still and waiting for rescue might be our best bet if we’re in a relatively safe place and potentially visible to our rescuers. In life and business, we are usually not in life-threatening situations and our response to challenges often affords time to think before acting. It is this “thinking” time that is critical. If fear is a significant part of the challenge, then identifying and clarifying the real issue(s) behind the fear is key to your successful response. Obviously, more severe challenges require more severe reactions. Make good decisions appropriate to the situation.
Let’s look at examples of personal and business challenges in which courage can be successfully involved in the solution.
- Personal – A loved one is seriously ill or dies unexpectedly. You may have to to seek personal counseling, but the key is to move forward and make the contact as soon as you are able. Keeping a personal tragedy contained in the hope that it will resolve over time may include much more pain than is necessary. In this case, acknowledging your pain and moving ahead toward a solution shows that you have the courage to heal.
- Business – Your primary competitor just slashed their prices on your main profit-producing product or service. This situation may require business consultation to clarify the real impact on your business You may have options for pivoting or otherwise changing a business focus that you had not considered. You may have been long overdue for an evaluation of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. In this case, courage looks like the willingness to look at the problem with detachment and act quickly to find a solution.
“Courage transforms fear into determination. It is embracing life fully, without holding back, doing what must be done even when it is difficult or risky. When we are tempted to give up, courage supports us to take the next step. It allows us to face adversity with confidence. Courage opens us to new possibilities and gives us the strength to sacrifice for what we love. At times, we need courage to accept the truth, and to pick ourselves up after a mistake, ready to make amends and try again. Courage gives me the strength to make this journey with all my heart.”
– The Virtues Project
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