Aristotle believed, and I think correctly, that courage is the first of the human virtues, because it makes the others possible. Courage is the ability to exercise your free will and make things happen in the face of setbacks and unforeseen challenges, by selecting healthy role models and mentors and taking daily actions that define who we are to become.
We are not what society and randomness have made us. We are a nation of immigrants, most of whom arrived with nothing more than hope and a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve our own dream. We are what we have chosen to be from the depth of our very souls and being. We are self-made based upon our beliefs.
No significant decisions—personal or business—have ever been undertaken without the attendant feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and guilt. The commitment to wade through these inevitable crises is the meaning of courage. To gain courage is to change your beliefs about what you deserve and about what’s possible with patience and persistence.
Get out of your comfort zone and stretch your limitations this week!