The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.
Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it."
It’s not always easy to follow a new idea.
There is risk.
There is uncertainty.
Maybe it will fail… but maybe your new idea might succeed.
You’ll never know what could happen unless you commit to giving things a try.
The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost
Have you ever tried to ignore a problem, hoping it would just go away?
Or maybe you tried to work your way around a problem?
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
It can be tough to work your way through a problem, but that will always be the best solution.
Ignoring problems doesn’t solve them and working around them takes more time than you may have.
The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are three ways we can make a decision: 1) we make it with confidence and move forward; 2) we hesitate before deciding to move forward; and 3) we choose not to make a decision.
When a confident decision is made, you’ll find that people are more willing to help you go further on your journey.
If you hesitate, that uncertainty will make others wonder if your idea is worth pursuing.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. - Beverly Sills
Failure never feels good, but it is still a better feeling than wondering what could have been.
If you choose not to try, you’ll always believe that you could have succeeded.
Have the courage to do something incredible and even if you fail, over time you’ll still applaud yourself for the effort made.
Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.
Opinions are offered freely and without much compassion these days.
Go online, offer a political opinion, and there’s a 99.9% chance you’ll receive hate mail.
Here’s a fact: if someone needs to call you names or tries to tear you down, then your opinion has a bothersome truth to it that is causing that person to lash out.
So keep speaking, even if you are nervous, angry, or upset because you are making a positive impact that will be seen one day.
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King Jr
When you place your foot onto the first step of a staircase, you have faith in that step.
You believe that it will support your weight.
Each additional step, in fact, is also completed in faith.
When the step doesn’t buckle, your confidence in the next step grows.
So if you’re willing to make that first step, you have already made the most difficult decision there is to make.
Now keep climbing the steps.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
We shape the worlds that are around us.
We choose the people we wish to include in our circles.
We choose our careers. We choose to be happy.
Each decision requires courage.
More courage means we include more people, but less courage means we include fewer people.
More courage allows us to pursue the dream job, but less courage has us working to earn a paycheck.
More courage means choosing happiness, but less courage means being satisfied with any happiness.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings
Society offers a number of different pressures on each one of us.
Look a certain way, love a certain person, work a certain job, and so forth.
Many of these pressures are taught to us as children under the “normalcy” of the family environment.
This is why it takes courage to become the person you were meant to be.
Sometimes you must cast aside these pressures and reject what you've been taught in order to pursue real happiness.
Where the determination is, the way can be found.
The difference between having determination and not being determined is a willingness to give up.
If you are determined to make something happen, then you will find a way to make it happen.
If you do not have that determination, then you may not find a way to succeed because you’ve defined success as “giving up.”
Don’t give up.
Victory is the child of preparation and determination - Sean Hampton
You could jump right into a new idea right now.
It would probably be fun. You might be successful.
But if you are prepared before jumping into the new idea and have a determination to succeed, you will be making fewer guesses along the way.
You’ll know how to respond during challenging circumstance to obtain a positive outcome.
It’s good to start a business, but it’s better to start a business with a business plan.
The same is true for any idea that we pursue.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
We all fail.
Some failures are small, like dropping a bag of sugar while baking cookies.
Other failures are large, like investing $1 million into a business and losing it all.
Courage helps you dust yourself off as you work to get back on your feet again.
Without courage, it tends to feel better to just sit in the pile of sugar and wonder what could have been.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. - Marie Curie
Our fight-or-flight mechanism is a natural instinct that kicks in whenever we approach the unknown.
Fear lurks in the unknown.
This is why we must work to understand more about our world and the relationship circles we establish.
If we drive the unknown away, we can stop fear.
Without fear, we don’t need to fight or run away anymore.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Einstein is often regarded as one of the most intelligent people who has ever lived.
Except he never really thought of himself that way.
He saw himself as being determined instead, working until he found a solution that made sense to a question that was bothering him.
He didn’t give up.
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. – Napoleon Hill
Sometimes a dream might seem out of reach.
It can be a devastating to know that something you’ve always wanted in life may never be something that comes to fruition.
If you keep fighting for that dream, there is always a chance that it will happen.
If you decide to quit pursuing that dream, however, you are guaranteed to fail.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. Tommy Lasorda
How we approach life will determine what we can accomplish.
If we look at something difficult and say, “That’s impossible,” then it will be.
If we say, “That’s possible,” then we open up new possibilities.
We search for new ideas. We begin to make plans.
It all depends on whether or not we are willing to give that idea a chance.
Believing in yourself is an endless journey. Believing you have failed is the end of your journey. - Sarah Meredith
It can be difficult to believe in yourself when no one else believes in you.
There are days when loneliness will feel like a blanket that just smothers you.
But if you have confidence in yourself and what you can do, that blanket can be cast aside.
You can keep moving forward.
Eventually the confidence in yourself will convert the unbelievers.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
Imagine standing on an ocean beach.
You look out to the horizon and all you see is water.
There is something beyond the horizon, but you cannot see it from where you stand.
If you want to see what’s out there, you need to get your feet wet.
You must have the courage to go forward and risk not being able to come back.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali
It’s okay to live a life that is safe.
You can work a dead-end minimum wage job for 40 years, save some cash in a 401k, live off of Social Security, and never really take a risk in life.
That might be comfortable, but it won’t be joyous.
It won’t offer any opportunity to change the world.
In order to make a difference in the lives of others, we must take risks.
We must approach strangers to speak with them.
We must pursue entrepreneurial ideas.
We must ask the boss for a raise or a promotion.
The worst thing that anyone can say is “no,” but the worst thing you can do to yourself is avoid the risk of asking the question in the first place.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
The trap of success is this: comfort.
Let’s say you’ve started a business that you work on your own from home.
You begin to earn $40,000 per year.
You’re working 25 hours per week to get this salary.
Life seems pretty good. It’s comfortable. You’re happy.
This success keeps you from continuing to move forward.
So courage is being never truly satisfied.
Keep pushing yourself to be a little bit better every day.
Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it. - Cathy Hopkins
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I wish someone would give me a chance”?
We make our own luck. We create our own chances.
Sometimes people luck out and have someone give them the chance they want, but the most successful people don’t depend on luck or circumstance.
They have the courage to swim out to their ship, creating their own opportunities along the way.
You don't have to be tall to see the moon.
We often see people working hard to achieve their dreams.
Sometimes we might think, “I really wish that was me.”
It can be you. We all see the same moon. We all live under the same sun.
This means we all have the chance to achieve our wildest dreams.
So keep your head up, make a plan, and make things happen.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
Many people work in jobs they hate for one reason: it pays their bills.
They’re miserable at work, but at least they have some financial security.
Being safe can only take us so far in life.
It forces us to compromise on our dreams.
If you want to see what your full potential can be, then you must have the willingness to give up everything.
Once that decision is made, you’ll find that a greater happiness is waiting for you on the other side.
We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. - Barbara De Angelis
Happiness is often viewed as a short-term emotion, but it’s more of a long-term investment.
Investments can go up or down in value every day.
Over a long period of time, however, the overall value of that investment will likely be greater than it was when the first investment was made.
So instead of worrying about how happy you feel at any given moment, invest into your future by planning for long-term joy.
Courage is not living without fear. Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway. - Chae Richardson
Doing the right thing isn’t always the easy solution.
Sometimes the right choice means going in a different direction than anyone else is going.
It’s scary to strike out on your own.
It’s frightening to risk everything to achieve a dream.
Courage is the ability to blaze your own trail despite the fear that is surrounding you.
We will always fear the unknown, but courage allows us to manage that fear effectively.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas A. Edison
Thomas Edison failed hundreds of times as an inventor.
Some of his failures were even life-threatening.
Instead of giving up, Edison tried one more time.
Each failure we experience is an opportunity to learn something new.
We can take that knowledge, apply it to our next effort, and have a greater chance to succeed.
Or maybe failure might happen again.
Success is more about learning from all of our failures and trying again than it is anything else.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. - Elbert Hubbard
Just keep pushing forward.
Sometimes it can be good to take a break from being persistent, but eventually you’ve got to get up and keep moving.
The only real failure we experience in life is the decision to give up.
Once that happens, failure is guaranteed. So never give up.
Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful. Brian Tracy
Failure is also a short-term event.
It occurs in the moment.
If you failed 1,000 times at something, but then finally succeeded, you wouldn’t be considered a failure.
You’d be a hero.
So learn from what keeps you away from your definition of success and then push forward.
If you’re persistent, you’ll reach the end of your journey.
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