“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
In 2014, I set out to accomplish larger goals than I ever had before, including becoming a Canadian citizen and paying off all of my debt. At the end of the year, I accomplished all of those goals. I reflected back upon everything I had done, and I realized that throughout the whole year, I had a recurring thought that I couldn’t accomplish my goals.
So after a year of accomplishing goals, while telling myself I couldn’t, I was left to wonder: how much I could do now, knowing I can accomplish my goals?
The feeling of “I can” grew a lot within me over the last two years, and has culminated with me challenging myself to set big goals in 2017 that I don’t yet know how to accomplish, but know I will figure out how. I’m choosing to be brave and forge into new territory at home, at work, and in my community. I’m excited to see what results will come from this!
To be brave is to choose action instead of:
- believing “I can’t”
- believing “they might not like it”
- believing “they might laugh at me”
- being paralyzed by laziness
- being paralyzed by apathy
- being paralyzed by despair
- accepting defeat
- accepting that “it will always be this way”
Are you brave?