Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear


Recently, it seems I've had a lot of athletes or friends contrast their experience and mine with our differing levels of confidence.

With introspection, I started to realize confidence has nothing to do with achievement. Confidence is only an outward guise. ANYONE in pursuit of their dreams, hopes, wishes, ideals ALL experience doubt. There is no one in my meeting that will not tell you of the fear they felt and had to overcome to arrive at their goal.

So, the fear is there! The confident and self assured are perpetually scared. It's that we get comfortable with fear... and we're even willing to live with it ALL THE TIME.

Fear is both the essential factor to success and failure. Those that set their mind to be in it... to tolerate its intensity, to face their mind's response to its presence, ALL gain something every time they choose to go head to head with fear.

And those that cower, which we all have at one point or another in our lives, never see the dreamed outcome.

While fear teaches one group that they are unstoppable; to those that never commit to facing fear, learn the opposite: that life stops you. That life is limited.

Maybe confidence is that willingness to face the fear we feel inside. But, I don't think it is. I think confidence is irrelevant. Our desire is important. If you decide something is more important than the fear you feel in getting there, AND YOU GET THERE, desire did that. Desire has the power to concur anything in your path.

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than the fear." Ambrose Redmoon

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