When Your Convictions are expressed,Your Courage Will be Put To Test.
Each time you are willing to stand up for something,someone else will be willing to take a shot at you.People who express their convictions and attempt to live them out will experience conflict from others with opposing views.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,”Whatever you do,you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon,there is always someone to put you down with their words.There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right.To map out a course of action,and follow it through requires some of the courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories,but it takes brave men to win them.” So,should we simply keep a low profile,swallow our convictions,and keep the peace? Of course not! The opposite of courage isn’t cowardice,it is conformity. It is not enough just to believe in something,We need to live for something.
Howard Hendricks said, “A belief is something you will argue about,a conviction is something you will die for.” You cannot really live unless there are things in your life for which you are willing to die for.
When You Are In The Learning And Growth Process,Your Courage Will Be Tested.
Learning and growing always require action,and action takes courage- especially in our lowest ebb. This is where fear most often comes into play. It is easy to be brave in an area of strength; it is much more difficult in an area of weakness. This is why we need courage most.
Karl Barth once said, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
We often mistakenly believe that learning is passive,that we learn by reading a book or listening to a lecture. But to learn,we must take action.
Each time you prepare to take action,fear will ,to some degree,creep in. It is at those times that you must rely on courage.
When You Take The High Road In Forgiving Others,Your Courage Will Be Tested
In Winning with People:Discover the People Principles That Work for you Every Time by John C.Maxwell, he highlighted a High Road Principle which says, “We go to a higher level when we treat others better than they treat us.”
When it comes to dealing with others,there are only three routes you can take:
– The low road- where we treat others worse than they treat us.
– The middle road – where we treat others the same as they treat us.
– The high road – where we treat others better than they treat us.
Taking the high road requires two things. The first is Courage. It certainly isn’t one’s immediate inclination to turn the other cheek and treat people well while they treat you badly. How does one find the courage to do that? By relying on the second thing,which is The ability to forgive. When someone wrongs us,we make mental notes to remember what was done or we think of ways to “get back at them.”
When we keep score of wrongs committed against us,we reveal a lack of maturity.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Those who do not forgive are people who have not yet learned this truth and they are usually unsuccessful people.
If you wish to improve this area of your life,here are some things that should help. First,practice forgiving… Secondly,think good thoughts of those persons…it is difficult to have hostile feelings towards one in whom you see good. Finally,let people know through your actions that you are the one who can forgive and forget. This will earn you respect.
When You Face Obstacles To Your Progress,Your Courage Will Need To Prove Itself
Adversity is always the partner of progress. Each time,you want to move forward,obstacles,difficulties,problems,and predicaments are going to get in the way. You should expect nothing else. And you should welcome such things.
Novelist H.G Wells asked, “What on earth would a man do with himself if something didn’t stand in his way?”
Every obstacle you overcome teaches you about yourself,your strenghts and your weaknesses. Each obstacles shapes you. When you succeed in the midst of difficulty,you become stronger,wiser,and more confident. The greatest people in history are those who faced the most difficult challenges with courage and rose to the occassion.
When Being “Out Front” Makes You An Easy Target,Your Courage Will Need To Show Up
Many people admire leaders and innovators. Organizations give them honors; historians write about then; sculptors chisel their images on the face of mountains. However,while many people lift leaders up,others want to knock them down.
Dr. C.V White describes this well:
” The man who makes a success of an important venture never waits for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve,it takes a lot of grit; but the man who succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the who has enough confidence in himself to take the chance.These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which people think can’t be done.”
Often leaders are misunderstood, their motives are misconstrued,and their actions are criticized. That,too,can be a test- one which makes us stronger and sharpens our talent if only we have the courage to endure it.
If you are a leader,a disruptor or even an innovative thinker,you will often be ahead of the crowd,and that will,sometimes,make you an easy target. That requires courage.