Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to speak up, or you wanted to voice your opinion, or you really wanted to defend someone who was getting picked on (online, in business, or at the bus stop) — but didn’t? Trust me, we have all been there. (Heck, writing a blog is a lesson in ‘should I say this’, or ‘should I say that’?)
I have one word that I want you to practice today… the word is courage. Have Courage, speak up, say what you want to say, say what you feel, be true to yourself. Be brave. The world needs more courageous people like you to stand up and say what you need and want to say.
Steve Jobs once said, “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
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Remember that the next time you think what you have to say isn’t important, and then gather up the courage to speak.
Let’s take you back 70 years ago to June 6, 1944. D-Day. Normandy, France.
This is relevant because Remembrance Day is fast approaching. On that day Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy – beaches so heavily fortified that there wasn’t a single place on the beach to hide and feel safe. Those men who stormed the beaches, who parachuted behind enemy lines, who stormed through and pushed back Nazi positions… those men were defending people who couldn’t speak up, who couldn’t defend themselves. The men on those ships, in the aircraft and those who stormed the beachheads had no choice but to be courageous.
Were there scared? Absolutely. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, courage means you press forward in spite of fear.
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So, the next time you need to have courage I want you to remember these three things.
1. Courage is the willingness to press forward in the presence of fear, in spite of fear.
Admit that you’re afraid, and push through your fears. If you’re about to call a prospective client and you think you can’t make the call – DO IT ANYWAY! Making the call in spite of fear will make you feel great, and it will make the next call a whole lot easier, today and tomorrow.
2. Mental Courage will give you Mental Strength.
Mental toughness is something we all need to strengthen – it’s the top 2 inches that are going to win your big presentations, win new clients and new business. If you’re mentally tough, you will simply make that extra call, earn one more client, and always achieve better results.
3. Scan and Breathe.
When you really feel like you need to have courage, and can’t find it, remember that you’re not on that beach 70 years ago – and simply scan the room and breathe. Remember that life is not going to give you what you can’t handle.
In a just a few days, November 11th, it will be Remembrance Day. Remember that far too many courageous men and women have died in battle so that you and I have the freedom to chase our dreams and live life on our terms.
You are courageous. You are brave. Remember that as well.