A quote that inspires me during challenging times is, “Courage is not the absence of fear; rather it is the ability to take action in the face of fear,” by Nancy Anderson. I was so intrigued by the way the word fear was used in this quote that I looked up the definition of the word courage. The definition states: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
The definition of courage includes fear. I think for many people, including myself, I often omit the element of fear. I somehow conjure up an image of courage as being something grandiose and beyond my ability. When in reality, courage exists where fear is present. Sometimes, courage appears to be a stance or action that feels meager in contrast to our circumstances or fears.
Yet, for me, it makes it easier to act in a manner that is courageous when I look at courage from the proper perspective. Opportunities for growth and change are often disguised within circumstances that appear daunting and challenging. So, whatever you are facing today that requires action and scares you, just do it; do it scared. You’ll be amazed what you find on the other side of your fear!