“We can’t fear the past. Fear is a future thing. And since the future’s all in our heads, fear must be a head thing.” – Tom Payne
I was reviewing one of my journals from a few years back and found some powerful notes from an event I attended in 1994 – powerful enough to warrant sharing. Here we go.
#1 Be courageous
Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues because upon it, all others depend.”
Courage is a distinguishing characteristic of the truly successful person. It is almost always visible in their words and actions. It is absolutely indispensable to success, happiness and the ability to motivate them consistently.
#2 Follow through
It’s easy to develop a big vision for yourself and for the person you must become. But it requires incredible courage to follow through on your vision and on your commitments. As soon as you set a high goal or standard for yourself, you will run into all kinds of difficulties and setbacks.
#3 Refuse to compromise
You will be surrounded by temptations to compromise your vision and possibly your values. It could be an irresistible urge to “get along by going along.”
Your desire to earn the respect and cooperation of others can easily lead to the abandonment of your principles. Again, this is where courage comes in.
#4 Stick to your principles
Courage combined with integrity is the foundation of character. The first form of courage is your ability to stick to your principles, to stand for what you believe in and to refuse to budge unless you feel right about the alternative.
Courage is also the ability to step out in faith, to launch out into the unknown and then to face the doubt and uncertainty that accompany every new venture.
#5 Avoid the comfort zone
Most people are enticed by the lure of the comfort zone. This can be likened to going out of a warm house on a cold, windy morning. The average person, when he feels the storm swirling outside his comfort zone, rushes back inside where it’s nice and warm.
But not the true seeker of success.
He or she has the courage to step away from the familiar and comfortable and to face the unknown with no guarantees of success. It is this ability to “boldly go where no man has gone before” that distinguishes them from the average person.
Separate yourself from the average. Do more than you’re doing and become more than you are, to have more than you’ve got.
The choice is uniquely yours.