Many people translate that to: “Blindly go into danger.”
I don’t buy that blindly part.
Courage is not fearlessness. Courage is what you can consider, in the face of your fear.
If we break apart the definition, here’s what I see:
- Venture is how we create options to consider.
- Persevere means we use our grit to keep going.
We need to withstand our fears, especially Fear Experienced as Reality. I suspect that most of us suffer from that kind of FEAR, as opposed to actual fears. I know I do.
So, for me, courage is:
- Seeing our reality.
- Facing any imagined fears to see how we might manage them.
- Create options to see what we might do, especially to quiet those fearful voices.
- Start (the venture part).
Easy to say. Not easy at all to do.
That’s the question: What does courage mean to you?