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Things You Must Do This Year (2): Above All Else Live Courageously

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle

Continues From Things You Must Do This Year (1)

When onlookers view people with proven success in their area of interest- especially places where they’ve struggled and failed, it is popular to assume that these iconic achievers are merely lucky.

However, there is no such thing as luck in the issue of enduring success. Real success always has a price tag, of which Courage is chief…

Therefore, when next you see people who have achieved success where you have struggled and failed, please understand that they were never exempted from your kind of struggles, but also faced probably even more and overcame. 

…being Courageous is not anyone’s prerogative. It is a  choice and a decision which anyone can freely make at any time.

In all probability, life also bullied, ridiculed and threatened them like you. However, they encountered success as they defiled every odd against them, weathered every storm and laboured their way up courageously.

In other words, chief among the attributes which differentiate them from you is Courage.

let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Heb 12: 1-3 (ESV)

In summary,  these iconic people were able to fulfill the very tough requirements of success because they have learned to live life courageously by some design- probably through their upbringing or what they’ve been exposed to in the past.

Nevertheless, being Courageous is not anyone’s prerogative. It is a  choice and a decision which anyone can freely make at any time. Therefore, if you’ve lost out on success previously because you’ve always caved in under life’s pressures and chickened out of every opposition having never had any opportunity to learn to be bold, Courage is a decision and a choice you can begin to make from today.

The popular 20th century actor, John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”

Likewise Courage is not the absence of haters, oppositions, life pressures and other odds against you, or lack of the fear of them. Rather, Courage is the choice to keep doing what you’ve got to do in spite of them..

Courage is not the absence of haters, oppositions, life pressures and other odds against you, or lack of the fear of them. Rather, Courage is the choice to keep doing what you’ve got to do in spite of them..

Attempting to achieve success at any endeavour is always challenging to begin with. However as you paddle upstream courageously, you enter into a kind of ‘cruise mode’ with time- a place where life seems to place you beyond the jurisdiction of the odds against you.

At that state, the things working for you will suddenly begin to outweigh things against you to the extent that those contrary things start lining up to even contribute to your success if anything…

In all probability, life also bullied, ridiculed and threatened them like you. However, they encountered success as they defiled every odd against them, weathered every storm and laboured their way up courageously.

Aristotle one said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” How very profound!

A man will never achieve anything worthwhile without courage. It is that serious.

Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous… Jos.1:6-7 (ESV)

If there is one attribute you must desire and pray for above every other thing this New Year, it’s got to be the Courage to do what you’ve got to do despite all odds.

Attempting to achieve success at any endeavour is always challenging to begin with. However as you paddle upstream courageously, you enter into a kind of ‘cruise mode’ with time- a place where life places you beyond the jurisdiction of the odds against you.

Please make this a daily prayer and desire this New Year:

Dear Lord, please take me beyond the jurisdiction of my paralyzing fears and struggles this New Year. Please cause me to be strong and very courageous- that I might be able to make the vital decision and take key steps necessary for my destiny. Amen.

Funmi Adebayo ©2016

About Funmi Adebayo

Funmi is the Content Creator at makeadreamng.com, an initiative she set up to deliver Digital Marketing and other value-ad services to enhance the Visibility of Nigerian Brands and Startups. She renders Writing, Editing, Book Cover Design, Book Layout Formatting, eBook Conversions, Book Marketing, Author Page Creation, Blog Consulting, and related services through her FunmiAdebayoDotCom initiative. She also authors devotionals and journals, which she delivers through her Each Day Online initiative. Funmi is an Engineering graduate (with expertise in IT Service Delivery/Support, and Strategic Business IT).

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