“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

(Repost from January 27, 2012) I am constantly inspired when I witness acts of courage.  Whether I witness them in myself, in other people, or when my friends tell me about their own conquests of fear.  Courage is an amazing and strong word.  I find most of my insecurities in life are minute in the grand scheme of things.  I don’t think I am alone in having those limiting thoughts or feelings.  Not a day goes by that I talk to someone and they mention an insecurity or area of self doubt that can be quashed with a little bit of courage.

I went hiking this week with a friend; at some point this hike turned into a legitimate climb.  About halfway up I said to my friend “Have I told you that I am afraid of heights? … well, I am.” He chuckled, kept climbing, and I followed.  We reached the first major crest and he pointed to the top, “Just a little further.” I started making excuses why I needed to go back. He coaxed, “We’re almost there,” and started climbing again. I reached up, grabbed another hand-hold, found a footing and reminded myself, “this is why you go to the gym.

Trust your strength.”  I pulled myself up and pushed off with my leg. I felt my muscles engage and my confidence returned. “You can do this,” I coached myself.  My friend’s truth soon became a reality and we were at the top; it seemed like the top of the world in that moment.

We told some jokes and took some photos.  When I looked down the wall we had just climbed that feeling of fear and self- doubt returned.  My little victory seemed to be veiled once again but that soon faded thanks to the faith that I strengthened in myself on the way up, my past accomplishment of completing the climb, and my inspiration from my friend’s courage.  What was left was peace of mind on my decent; thank you life!

Affirmation:  I walk through this day with courage, knowing that my actions can inspire others.

Call to Action:  Find a fear you can face, FACE IT!  Scale your own mountain or mole hill today, do it with courage, lean on your gifts and trust in your abilities, you are an inspiration already. Share it here and with your fellows, allow your courage to inspire others.  Thanks again for changing your life with us.

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5 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Challenge accepted. The fear that I most have is that of dying. It sounds so morbid, doesn’t it? But I can’t help it. However, this fear challenges me every day to look beyond death and see what life has to offer. There are so many different beliefs and view points and I try to look at all of them so I can figure out what I believe. My biggest fear within death, is life after dying. You have encouraged me to live today with no fear, if there is a life after death I hope that I enjoy it, but if not I can have the satisfaction that I lived to be the best person I can be, and that is enough.

    My favorite quote is “Don’t fear death. Fear the unlived life. You don’t have to life forever, you just have to live.”
    -from the desk of nmk-
    I would put a smiley face but that seems so cheezzyyy, you all are inspirational.

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