The Necessity Of Courage
By Melvin Illah
Courage is a necessity to overcome fears and achieve a desired goal. Fear is something that exists in all of us.
There is no hero or any particular courageous figure that is without fear. Being fearless is not required to be courageous, one simply has to look past or overcome their fears to possess this great quality.
When overcoming fears and going against the norm, there are always risks involved.
There are different types of risks that come about. Someone could risk life or limb, while others risk their reputation.
Either risk is serious enough that a person must have courage to endure that particular risk. Courage can occur anytime, anywhere, and often in our everyday lives.
You need courage to begin something. When you begin something, there is a lot of uncertainty. Uncertainty about the outcome or consequences, uncertainty about the environment, uncertainty about whether you will be able to garner the support you need, uncertainty about the response of others.
The uncertainty is always there — it is a given. However, our mind usually responds with fear. These uncertainties give rise to fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of rejection, fear of looking foolish, fear of being alone.
Courage is the secret sauce that allows you to act despite your fears. Courage gives you the ability to put aside your fear of failure and take the first steps. Courage helps you overcome the fear of rejection and engage your stakeholders.
Courage allows you to attempt things that you have not tried before, despite your fear of looking foolish.