Commit with courage now – don’t wait for a kick in the teeth!

Commitment combined with courage can lead to truly amazing things.  Imagine events in human history happening without this powerful combination.  Huge undertakings like discovering new continents, overthrowing dictatorships to establish individual rights or visiting the moon.  Individual acts like refusing to move to the back of the bus or standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square.  Such acts require a great deal of resolve along with a large dose of courage.

To have such a level of commitment doesn’t require you to be a superhero.  You don’t have to be from Krypton or be endowed with some kind of special genetic coding to do what it takes to step into your potential.  All great acts of commitment throughout history were performed by ordinary people.  It was their courage that set them apart.

And courage doesn’t mean that you won’t have fear.  Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  How true!  Courage is about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.  It’s about following your innermost guidance to do that which you know is the right thing for you or for the situation.

In order to commit with courage, you need to have clarity of purpose.  It’s much simpler to access your inner core of courage when you have a defining purpose driving you.  To achieve clarity, you must clear away any limiting beliefs, as well as confront and remove any tangible or intangible road blocks in your way.

Disney One ordinary guy who committed with courage is Walt Disney.  Did you know he was once fired by a newspaper editor because he had no good ideas?  Later he started a small company called Laugh-O-Grams, which eventually fell bankrupt.  With his suitcase and twenty dollars, he headed to Hollywood to start anew.  He was fond of pointing out that it all started with a dream and a mouse.  He clearly had a strong vision and sense of purpose which drove him as well!

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. –Walt Disney


Angela Loëb helps people rediscover and use their gifts so they can bring who they are to what they do.  To learn more, please visit her website,

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