I’ve been thinking about the meaning of courage and how it shows up in life.  The Collins English dictionary defined it as:

Courage noun

1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain

2. the courage of one’s convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs

3. take one’s courage in both hands to nerve oneself to perform an action

4. mind; disposition; spirit

Source – Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Then, I took a step back and decided to look at the root of the word which is very interesting.  It originated back in the 12th century from Latin ‘cor’ which means “heart” and was considered a metaphor for inner strength.  In Old French it became ‘corage’ which was defined as the heart and innermost feelings and finally in Middle English, it became ‘courage’ denoting the heart as the seat of the feelings.

There are many famous quotes on courage:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. “   Steve Jobs

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  Winston Churchill

“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

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“From caring comes courage.”  Lao Tzu

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  Dale Carnegie

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”  Maya Angelou

“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”  Rabindranath

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”  Robert Green Ingersoll

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”  Plato

These are just a few, beautiful and heartfelt quotes that encourage us in life and I found that I immediately related to many of them.

It takes courage to be true to who you are.  It takes courage to make a change in your life – to let go an unfulfilling career, or a relationship that no longer is loving, or to start your own business, or to face a life threatening health condition or to just do something that you know is outside your comfort zone.

Exploring the dimensions of courage, I’ve looked back and seen the times when I stepped up and embraced the courage to take a stand, make a change and take a chance.

I too have looked in the mirror and recognised the times when I haven’t acted with courage, settled for second best or blamed the world for all of my problems or allowed the voice of my inner critic to run riot. I’ve learned that playing it safe and playing it small no longer works for me.

Life is not final; life is a journey, an exploration of ourselves along with others.  Life is speaking to us all the time and in those quiet moments, it is the voice of the heart and our inner spirit that knows precisely where we are going and what we need to do, think or be.

I say ‘Live Purposefully and Courageously.’  We need all the courage of which the human heart is capable and the lifeblood of courage is of course ‘love’… to love, honour and respect  ourselves enough to take charge, live our dreams, be brave of heart, take those risks, to know the fear and be-friend it.

The way of the heart is the way of courage.  And courage requires action – like a muscle, it grows stronger with use.  It’s not until we take that first step that we start to discover what we are capable of.  And I wonder ‘what are we really capable of?’

Speaking of Courage, have you heard of Wayne Dyer?  Well he is in Auckland next Thursday and I have one FREE ticket valued at $95 to giveaway to someone who’d love to go.

His story is one of courage … “In his first visit to New Zealand in over 30 years, Dr Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

As an internationally renowned author and speaker, Dr Wayne Dyer, shares his wisdom and guidance as we contemplate life’s biggest questions. You can free yourself, now and forever, from the chains of ego-dominated, self-sabotaging thinking. Change your perception of your being, and come to feel, know, and rely on your divinely-connected self.  Don’t miss this intimate and life changing evening.”

To be in to win, email me or join the thread on my Great Spirit NZ Facebook page and tell me why you’d love to WIN.  The prize will be drawn at 4pm on Monday 24 August 2015 and you can follow progress on my Facebook page.  Further tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.nz

It takes Courage to Live your Dreams.  Join me and Stand Tall. 

Much love



Jo Hutchinson

Expanding Potential

Great Spirit NZ Ltd – ‘it’s a way of being’

T. +64 27 414 4291  E.   jo@greatspirit.co.nz  W.  www.greatspirit.co.nz

Jo Hutchinson is a Facilitator of Change, a Personal Growth and Leadership Mentor who helps people discover their purpose, use their unique strengths and talents to expand their positive potential.  One person can make a difference.  BE that ONE.

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