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John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
Those familiar with actor John Wayne can imagine the steel in his eyes, the swagger in his stance and the drawl in his voice as he made that statement. While saddling up in the face of fear required John Wayne to step up, courage most often requires us to step out – out from our comfort zones, out from our doubts, and out into uncharted waters.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the awareness that something else is more important. Courage can be displayed in heroic, visible ways, or in quiet, private battles we fight when attempting to conquer inner fears.
Consider how much courage you display daily in overcoming personal doubts and fears, and how strong you are in standing by your principles.
C.S. Lewis once said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
And Norman Vincent Peale said of courage, “ Too much caution is bad for you. It is usually wiser to stand up to a scary-seeming experience and walk right into it, risking the bruises or hard knocks. You are likely to find it is not as tough as you had thought. Or you may find it plenty tough, but also discover you have what it takes to handle it.
Written by Stephen R. Covey
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