Today, I’m doing a quick check-in on courage from Texas Christian University where my daughter is currently a student. You’ll see in the video below I’m inside Carter Stadium...a fitting place to talk about courage. When players hit the field they must show up with courage to engage in some pretty serious competition. This setting calls to my mind a Teddy Roosevelt quote that has served as a lifelong favorite: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” An athlete must show up, give their utmost, be willing to be “marred by dust and sweat and blood,”—and face victory and defeat just the same. The arena is a great metaphor for life...you must be actually in the arena to engage with life!
Courage is a critical quality to harness in order to live your best life. I ask you to consider what the areas are in your life where you need to harness some courage to show up in the arena, to make a decision to move forward, to step outside your comfort zone. See, my friend, courage and fear can coexist...but courage and comfort cannot.
What are the inflection points, right now, in your life?
Don’t shy back from them because you’re uncomfortable. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Show up with courage in your life whether you get marred by dust or sweat or blood. You get but one chance in the arena of life—so, choose to dare greatly.
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Comment below and let me know how you are facing your fears and choosing to show up with courage, okay?
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