Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1Cor. 16:13
I don’t see myself as a very courageous person, even though some may say otherwise. Yes, I tend to jump into new challenges with both feet, often not considering the potential consequences. This may be interpreted by some as courage, but I would sometimes disagree.
If I would know ahead of time how truly difficult something might be, I may or may not have the courage to attempt it. Is seeing challenges through rose-colored glasses the same as courage? I don’t think so.
True courage is knowing the pain and struggle required, but still making a commitment to act. Courage is putting yourself on the line and staying put when others bail. Courage is something that doesn’t come naturally to most people, but must be rallied either from within or externally.
Many people allow their fear to keep them from even attempting something. Fear of failure, pain, loss and embarrassment is often at the root of the roadblock. But, courage is not the opposite of fear. Courage is feeling fear and still choosing to act.
Courage is being realistic about the potential for failure and still choosing to act.
Courage is knowing that you may totally embarrass yourself and still taking a chance at accomplishing something great.
Here are four ways that I can think of to gain courage:
- Look for an example of courage in someone else.
- Imagine the payoff or end goal.
- Concentrate on the reason you are doing it in the first place.
- Surround yourself with encouragers.
- Just don't think about the consequences of failure (my personal favorite and probably not the best).
Where do you find courage when you need it?
For me personally, it's looking to Jesus when things get scary. He is my rock.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Matt. 14:27