The Monday Mindset: Courage
Courage is contagious for ourselves. This strength, the ability to face a fear, is what allows us to continuously strive to outdo ourselves. The challenges confronted, fears faced, and memories we have made have forged us to the unwritten pages of the coming year. As this last week of the year comes to a close let’s cheer our highs and lows, our failures and achievements, as we reflect on this past year with courage.
Our willingness to show up and be seen leaves us vulnerable, and that changes us. So as we’re coming to our final pages of 2017 I would like to propose challenge to you: dare more greatly in your unwritten chapters to come — 2018. Give yourself the courage to show up and let yourself be seen everyday, and your story for 2018 will be a courageous one for the books.
Inevitably, that same courage doesn’t make us any less fearful of the discomfort, uncertainty, risk, and exposure of unwritten pages, but we must dare to challenge those emotions…everyday. The more courageously we dare to be great the larger the risk of failure, and as we err and come up short we can’t let it negate the fact that the act of showing up courageously and letting the world see us is paramount to change that we desire.
While all of us measure our successes differently, in the end, reflecting back at what was and acknowledging that no matter the outcome that it was a success, because it was a lesson worth doing. Our successes in the coming year are a direct product of our everyday courage to be seen and challenge within ourselves.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”