The Six Attributes of courage

Courage is something that everybody wants – an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz who finds the courage to face the witch, to David battling Goliath, to Star Wars or Harry Potter, we are raised on a diet of heroic and inspirational tales of courage. 

Yet, courage goes beyond just physical bravery. History tells us those stories of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. We hear of entrepreneurs who took financial risks to follow their dream and innovate. 

Life is filled with stories that exemplify the rewards and public accolades that courage can bring.

There are different ways in which we can define courage – demonstrated below. Which are most relevant to you?

  • Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” —Nelson Mandela

  • Following Your Heart

“Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. Passion is and should always be the heart of courage.” —Midori Komatsu

  • Persevering In The Face Of Adversity

“When we are afraid, we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavouring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger”.—Mark Rutherford

  • Standing Up For What Is Right

“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” —Maggie Kuhn

  • Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go Of The Familiar

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” —Lord Chesterfield

  • Facing Suffering With Dignity Or Faith

“There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bear witness that a man has the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” —Viktor Frankl

Copyright – David Clutterbuck

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