My friend and creative rock star A.J. Leon help me a few months ago understand that the absence of fear is not courage. After reading that post I realized that I could not agree more with AJ on how we all have to build courage. Risk takers like me also fall into their comfort zone and by not doing something we can also be at risk by not keeping the momentum.
I personally like taking risks and sometimes many might see me as fearless. Many think I am crazy (who knows I might be crazy but the mad people never admit to it).
When I look at my environment, an Island that has been a colony for so long, many people fear risk and become passive when it comes to following their dreams and goals. Most of us, including myself have been caught up in that way of thinking.
Only a few break free and realize that we can make our own paths. Although it will be challenging and risky, it’s worth the attempt.
The Way of the Future
I have the ability to focus on things and try my best to not contradict myself. Once I make up my mind on how something works, I try to share with others what I think. I am always open to changing and enhancing my way of thinking if I see the other person makes sense and does not contradict themselves often.
The Win is in Accepting the Challenge
Then I look back and I think that by pushing through my fears and building courage I can serve as the best example possible.
So many of us are so caught up mitigating risks in life we miss out on the lessons that come along when you fail. I might look as a failure to many but in my heart I see how I have learned from many of my mistakes.
Even though I have stumbled upon many obstacles, less than 3 years ago I had my home foreclosed which made me change my style of living. In the last 5 years, on many occasions I have run out of money, and just had enough to move along to the next week. Looking back, my attitude has always helped in finding enough to meet my minimum survival needs.
While people die of hunger in the world, we are so focused on not getting that bonus or being able to get a new car, we forget others struggle to live one more day.
As I enter the 5th year of my business, I realize things have not been as easy as I thought they would be.
Stay Alert, Stay Alive
Every time I get into a comfort zone I get quickly shaken up. I use a phrase I learned in Army Boot camp “Stay alert, stay alive”.
I am very grateful for the opportunities in my life. I am grateful for being able to enjoy my daughter every day, my other half Lucy, and for all the other great people I have around me.
Thanks to them, building the courage to attack any problem or issue, has been easier than I thought it would be.
How do you build courage?