Have you been in a situation lately that required you to use courage? As a child, it seemed like it was a weekly deal. The butterflies would stir in our stomachs as we tried to muster up the courage to jump off the diving board or ride our bike without training wheels. After a lot of bumps and bruises, we finally reached success.
One of the many things that I love about the martial arts is that it constantly pushes us to have more courage. The list is endless – breaking boards, doing shoulder rolls, sparring, etc. By humbling ourselves and quieting the negative voice in our head, we go for it. Often times, we do fail but through consistent work we finally make it. As we approach success, we realize that we are turning the once feared activity into one that is more enjoyable. Confidence begins to replace the fear.
John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.” As challenges arise, rise up and face the challenge one step at a time. You’ve got this!