Being courageous: Standing firm for your dreams & goals
By Donovan Grant
“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ~ Maya Angelou
Could a good dose of courage be just the energiser that you've been looking for right now?
You may be thinking “no, not me Don” but the question for today is when is the last time you took a stand for your goals?
If you have ever set yourself a challenging goal and either succeeded or failed in pursuit of it, you would know that it takes courage to achieve a goal. Of course, when you aim for something that stretches you, it might just be a bit too scary for more than one reason:
Maybe you’ve said to yourself, this is too hard, or I don’t have the time or maybe you didn’t have support from the people around. The list really is endless.
How do you find the courage to keep going when the party poopers (including friends) say “you can’t do that?”
The obvious answer is to say “yes I can!”
But, sometimes it can be quite natural to question yourself when there is doubt thrown towards the things that you do. For you to stick to your plan, the question becomes which do you fear most, the disapproval of others or loss of your integrity? You’re going to need courage.
To many people, courage is what they see when they go to the cinema to watch a movie. The star of the movie normally comes good by going on an adventure, showing bravery and determination to reach an amazing ending. So courage can be seen as something only special people do.
But here’s the funny thing- these are the same traits that you and I need to reach our stretch goals too.
What will happen if we don't take courageous action?
Well, one thing for sure is that tons of people quit on their goals before reaching their desired outcome. Dare I say it, gave up just as the going got tough. A challenge that initially seemed perfect just wasn’t worth the effort anymore.
Yes, it’ possible you may have chosen the wrong goal in the first place, but often happens because it was easier to follow the crowd than stand alone.
Here’s something I found out the hard way- knowing what to do, doesn’t mean that you will do it. This is why we can’t listen to what people say, we have to watch what they do. It’s okay to have principles if you act on them. Otherwise what is the point?
In a nutshell, there is no grey area when it comes to your own moral courage. You either have it or you don’t.
You may remember in spring 2012, President Obama had his back to the wall regarding the US health care debate. The easy and popular vote across the country was not to make any drastic reforms.
The President chose the courageous thing and made history by backing health care reform across America. He took a stand for what he believed in even though this decision could have negatively impacted his chances for re-election.
And yes, President Obama got re-elected.
Are you ready to keep going when the easy option would be to turn back instead?
Passing the point of no return and focusing on the mission will be worth it. Just imagine, crossing the finishing line and being able to look in the mirror and say to yourself “I did it!” Anything is possible!
I believe deep within we all have a treasure chest of courage that patiently rests. It will be there to ensure that no matter what obstacle you face and you will overcome; one step at a time.
Please join us in the fight for courage and demand excellence of yourself always. You may even wonder how you ever managed without it.
Ponder on this question in a quiet moment today:
If I was to act with courage today, what would I do to take a stand for my goals?
Let’s always do the right thing!
To your courageous heart
What are your thoughts about courage? Do you think courage when you think goals? Tell us what you think, we are waiting for your feedback.
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Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play.www.donovangrant.com