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"Courage is not simply one of the virtues,  

but the form of every virtue at the testing."  

−C.S. Lewis  

 

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Courage is the ability to face fear, uncertainty, risk and intimidation. It is the one virtue that sustains you as you face anything new in life. It takes courage to explore new territories, whether they are in your mind or your physical environment. As a person learns and experiences more, courage is needed in many forms. But for this message, I speak mainly about the courage to face resistance.  

 

There are two primary categories of resistance: internal and external.  

 

Internal resistance is felt when you question your worthiness or ability to try something new. People show their lack of courage when they say, "I can't"; when they give up at the first sign of challenge; or when they only try things that are already within, or slightly outside of, their current skill levels. The truth is that, if you can think of a goal and can rally a burning desire for it, you have the ability and worthiness to achieve that goal. The internal resistance is the conflict between what you want to do and what you think you can or should do. Most of your ideas about your worth and abilities have been give to you by other people―like well-meaning parents who encourage low expectations as a shield from disappointment, or  who tell you that wanting more in life is greedy. Others condition our thinking, as well: clergy; athletic coaches; even the media, who constantly tell us that we aren't quite good enough without the latest gadget or hottest fashion piece. It takes courage to plough through the resistance inside your thinking to see the worthy and capable person that you truly are.  

 

The other area for courage is in withstanding the resistance from your external environment. Each of us has created our environments of people and places to support our current lifestyle. It's like constructing a box that is just roomy enough for you to feel comfortable in. When you seek change--expanding beyond the box--parts of your environment will resist. You're going to meet resistance at the sides of the box. Friends and family may feel left out of your new venture or even resent you for highlighting their lack of courage to go beyond their own boxes. It takes courage to persevere in the face of resistance from your environment.  

 

Any explorer has faced many challenges and has had to call upon many virtues in pursuit of growth and discovery. Without hopefulness and resourcefulness, Columbus would not have succeeded. Without imagination and perseverance, Edison would have failed. Even Colonel Sanders would never have made it without the virtue of openness and impartiality, because he allowed Dave Thomas (of Wendy's fame) to help him simplify his menu to the basic fried chicken and salads. That turned it all around for Sanders, who was on the verge of failure at the time. All these famous people called upon any number of virtues in their pursuit of greatness. But one virtue was the mother of their eventual success: Courage. Have courage and you will succeed in anything you have a burning desire to achieve.
 
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues,  

but the form of every virtue at the testing."  

−C.S. Lewis  

 

What do you think? Is there another virtue that rises above courage? Is it courage or passion that eventually leads to success? E-mail Lorraine@Peacemaker-Coach.com and share your thoughts.  

 

 Warmest Regards,  

Lorraine Esposito  

www.Peacemaker-Coach.com  

914-410-7502  

 

Life and fitness coach and author Lorraine Esposito has been featured in broadcast, print and online media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership and empowered parenting to community and school-based audiences. Find out more about Lorraine at www.Peacemaker-Coach.com and her latest book, The Morning Peacemaker, How to get your kids out the door on time without saying (nagging) a word, at http://www.MorningPeacemaker.com.    

 

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