The courage to conquer

Courage to Conquer

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A new month has just rolled by. September 2018. It promises to be a great month; a month of pursuit and conquest. This month at Innovate Today, we will be taking a look at courage, what it means and the many forms in which it manifests.

Last month, we considered several quotes on Innovation. You can view an archive of last month’s posts here.

What is Courage?

When most people think and speak of courage, they refer to physical strength. However, courage has little to do with physical strength. As a matter of fact, Courage, simply defined is the ability to do something that frightens one. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines courage more comprehensively as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”. From this definition, we see that courage can manifest itself in several ways and aspects of life.

Safety or Destiny

Let’s take a look at today’s quote by William G. T. Shedd, the great Presbyterian Theologian.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for”. ― William G. T. Shedd

We see from this quote that while a ship is indeed safe in the harbor, it was designed to sail the seven seas. So, if it remains in the harbor, it cannot fulfill its purpose. This is the challenge; deciding whether to live in the safety of the harbor or sail the seven seas.

From this analogy, while there is safety at the harbor, fulfillment and a sense of purpose are only available at sea. Therefore, the decision to leave the safety of the harbor and take on the open seas with all its dangers and unknowns takes courage.

Final Thoughts

Using William G. T. Shedd’s analogy, the question we would like you to consider today is this: are you living in the safety of the harbor or are you living the life you were designed to live, in the open seas?

If you are living in the “open seas”, what did it take for you to step out of your comfort zone? What challenges did you face? Was it as scary as you thought it would be when you finally left the safety of your harbor? If on the other hand, you are still living in “the harbor”, what factors did you consider before making that choice? We would love to hear from you. Leave us a message in the comments section below.

Today’s Funny Quote

We leave you with this funny quote from Lily Tomlin:

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific”. – Lily Tomlin

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Have a great day and don’t be afraid to take a few steps out of your comfort zone this week. We will see you again on Friday.

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