A couple of months ago I watched my littlest son learn to walk.  I was humbled by his courage.

When infants want to master something, they keep at it until it’s happened.  So when my little guy took his first tentative steps, it didn’t matter how many times he fell, bumped his head or flew to the floor face-first.  He got up – sometimes after a day or so of regaining his nerve – to try again.  Over and over.
It was amazing.

Children’s motivation is strong and clear, and their efforts to achieve something they really want – be it learning a skill or getting a toy – are powerful and tireless.

But what about us adults?  At some point over the years, maybe after being knocked around a bit, some of us subconsciously start to make decisions – even about things we’re passionate about – out of fear: fear of upsetting people, failure, success, getting hurt, being embarrassed, looking stupid, risking our job, rocking the boat or simply changing the status quo.

As the years pass, it’s easy to allow layers of obligation and expectation (others’ and our own) to dampen our motivation and courage so that we simply ‘stay the course,’ avoiding the bumps and pitfalls of stepping off the path to explore something new.

So what if we look at things from a child’s viewpoint?  What if we allow ourselves to acknowledge what we really want in life and, out of sheer determination, just go for it and step into the unknown?

I have two friends who recently started new ventures.  They realized their potential, faced their fears head-on and took a leap of faith.  Totally inspiring!

About Christine

Positive thinker. Writer. Personal empowerment coach. Lover of travel and adventure, oceans and mountains, and the energy of a big city.Oh, and deep belly laughs, sappy movies and spirited conversations. Believer in limitless human potential.
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5 Responses to Courage

  1. Ali says:

    Hi there, what a lovely inspiring post. Perfect timing for me as I review my career and what I want to do with my life.

  2. Thanks so much Ali! Wishing you all the best as you explore your possibilities!

  3. kadad says:

    Your son is a great example, Christine. We can learn so much from them. As a senior I find myself feeling more and more as I did in kindergarten. The child’s way works so well. When did we ever learn as quickly or thoroughly?

    • Christine says:

      Thanks Tony! Until I became a parent I had no idea just how much I’d learn from my kids. It’s truly incredible. I feel like I’m learning more from them than I’m teaching. And you’re right – kids learn so quickly. They’re huge sponges. It’s kind of fun that you’re feeling more like a kid again! And if you’re able to throw off all those limitations that we start to impose on ourselves over the years, well, then, the world’s absolutely your oyster! 🙂

      • kadad says:

        Right. I taught journalism in grad school and I was amazed at how much I learned about my craft from folks who didn’t know nearly as much as I did. Interesting how that works. Keep up the good work!

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