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Everyday life brings us something new to meet head-on or to sidestep. With any situation there’s the choice to do your best, to resolve the issues at hand, or to remove yourself completely.

No matter the circumstance, there’s always a level of courage to be faced.

Writing and putting your work out to others requires a certain amount of daring. The nerve it takes to speak in front of a thousand people isn’t the same as stepping up to protect someone you love who’s in grave danger. However, both are examples of doing something remarkable with your courage.

Spending time with your doubts and fears only makes life more frustrating and less rewarding.

The act of courage is the mastery of your fears while taking a chance on possibility, rather than focusing on the potential of failure.

How frequently do you publish something you’ve written and then worry that no one will recognize your genius? Perhaps you feel there isn’t anyone who sees what you write, nor appreciates the value you bring?

Being brave and believing in yourself and your talents calls for courage.

Soledad O’Brien emulates the right attitude:

“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom–how great is that?”

Life is short. I’m a true believer that every day matters. What you contribute to those around you is valuable to others, but is also valuable to you.

With courage, you take a leap of faith each time you try something new or experience something that makes life more fulfilling. However, sometimes situations are so problematic that the fulfillment doesn’t always arrive.

I remember as a young girl the courage it took to stand up to a bully at school one day. That person didn’t know me at all. I was a target that seemed to be easy prey to put down. While standing my ground I told this person that they had no right to belittle me . . . and as the words came out of my mouth, this person decided to walk away from me.

The fear I faced that day–along with my willingness to be brave–made me bigger and more powerful than this particular person was willing to face.

With courage, there’s also dedication, determination, self-discipline, and effort to achieve success.

The courage you share brings commitment, and often times, excellence.

With each new writing day, you have the opportunity to step up to the plate and create a bit of magic.

You’re fortunate to take your words, develop them into sentences that flow into well-crafted paragraphs. Your ideas resonate with your reader through your humor and expressions of sadness and joy.

Writing’s where relationships are built.

Leah Labelle said,

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.”

Courage is a special gift that only you can use to the best of your ability. Choose to take the fears and doubts that hold you back to generate writing works that impact!

Here’s your writing invitation: Speak to your courage and take a leap of faith this week and develop a personal story that others can resonate.

Take a minute to comment and let me know how your courage is working for you. If you’d like to send an email, write to [email protected].

Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez,