What is True Courage? -- By Sharon Burch

Courage is the willingness to do something that frightens us. It’s having the strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. And despite what we see in movies, courage is more than the ability to run headlong into danger or do something externally impressive to others.

Real courage is more about the ability to stay centered in our heart’s truth, even when others do not understand... even when they project their fears and judgments onto us. Courage is standing firm in our own self-worth and the worth of others, including those who look, act, or believe differently from us.

Author and human behavior researcher Brene Brown says “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” She also talks about no courage is possible without vulnerability.

At the same time, courage also involves humility and learning to fall with grace. It takes real courage to take a risk for something we believe in, pick ourselves up after we’ve fallen, and still keep our hearts open. This is the courage that helps the human race survive and move forward.

It’s important that we encourage ourselves and others to be courageous in our daily lives, and acknowledge when we are:

  • Being honest with ourselves

  • Apologizing