What would you do differently if you had more courage?
What difference would it make to the way you live your life, to the choices you make, to the way you feel?
I put this question out on my social media and here are some of the answers I received:
I would confront my boss about his micromanagement
I would have taken up an extreme sport
I would speak the truth
I would take up ballroom dancing
I would worry less and enjoy life more
I would have set up my own business
So people are saying that they would take up new activities, speak up, manage their state of mind and maybe even make a more radical change to their lifestyle … if they had more courage.
I feel that I have lived a timid life. I have worked in one team in the corporate sector for 15 years with my head down, raising children, paying the bills. It has been a life that has conformed to the norms and expectations of society and those around me. Until now.
There is a quote I came across in my early exploration of this topic by Sydney Smith, a clergyman in the 19th century
“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.”
This fettered potential of human life and joy, this holding back of what we want, what we are and what we could be, the regret that is waiting for us is something that I feel very passionately about. I am going to do my best to give you the tools to unlock your courage.