I read somewhere that courage is the amalgamation of all the other character traits. That makes sense to me. Integrity, leadership, unselfishness, loyalty – name them and I can see where they would all come together in a moment of courage.
What are your top five best character traits? List them on a piece of paper so you can look at them. And then look at yourself.
Have you ever had to do something tough, show your courageous side? These top five character traits you listed are what will get you through whatever you have to face.
I once told a friend in conversation how lucky I was, how blessed. She looked at me like I had lost my mind. She proceeded to list all the bad things that had recently happened in my life: my divorce, my health, my lack of money. I was stumped. Yes, those things had happened to me, but what I saw as blessings, she saw as bad luck. I honestly think she felt sorry for me.
The difference between us was obvious. I have a positive outlook on life. I am hopeful. I am thankful and grateful for all the good that has happened. I am not only intelligent, but I am also smart. I am loyal and honest and demanding.
And all those things give me courage to give this thing we call life a real kick in the pants. So when I am faced with tough outcomes or tough decisions, I gather those things within me and get the job done.
What are your top best five characteristics? Take a good look at yourself and the next time you have to face a tough decision, go find your courage.