By Rogers Wanambwa
1.The quality of being confident, not afraid or easily intimidated, but without being incautious or inconsiderate.
2.The ability to overcome one’s fear, do or live things which one finds frightening.
3.The ability to maintain one’s will or intent despite either the experience of fear, or the occurrence of adversity, frustration, defeat or reversal.
Although this should be an inherent thing in us ad humans since our forefather was created to rule, because of the subsequent events after his creation and later fall from his position, we find ourselves in a precarious state of not being courageous enough.
This is evident in the way Jehovah reminds us throughout the Bible about the fact that we are not meant to be timid or fearful. See for example:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ” (Joshua 1:9-11)
And so from this background that is meant to remind you to be courageous, let me ask a few questions:
Are you courageous enough to raise your expectations;
1. In people?
For most of us, we have become very sceptical when it comes to trusting people with virtually anything and everything. Because of past bad experiences, we find ourselves closed off to trust other people.
This is rather detrimental because no business can survive without trust. No thing can be accomplished without trusting others to do their part.
How about you start giving other the benefit of doubt that they’ll do their part and not micromanage everything, tiring yourself out for nothing?
2. In relationships
The thing is that no relationship whether with your parents, siblings, friends, acquitainces, or even workmates can survive without trust.
To trust you need courage and so you have to let go of past biases and develop new relationships with them.
Here, I have to include that you may need to have some tough conversations with said people and that’s where the courage comes in. It’s rather difficult being honest with those that you value in your life. Especially when that honesty is bitter and may lead to losing them.
3. In love
I am not an expert at this subject and so I’ll not pretend to be one. One thing I know however is that it takes courage to fall in love and trust the person to return the favour.
Love is a courageous act and those that are bold are the ones that fall in love. You blindly trust the other person not to hurt you and if that’s not courageous, I do not know what is.
4. In business
If you have trouble trusting people in the above scenarios, chances are high you do even here. But for business to develop, grow and last, you’ll need to have the courage to trust people since nothing is sustainable without team work.
Again, without courage, you’re likely never to do any business because it is scary leaving the comfort of your safety net(like a job) and venturing out on your own to start a business, let alone see it grow.
5. In God
With everything happening today, from pandemics like the noval Coronavirus, to economic meltdowns, to wars, coups, and all the other societal ills, one is bound to question the existence of God and what he is doing while all wreck and havoc happens to us.
Even when He already warned us that these times will indeed come, talking about them and living them are different things, right?
Still, He tells us only the courageous will survive this generation while still believing in Him. Clearly, that doesn’t sound like a walk in the park.
In everything that happens though, He does remain God.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1, KJV
6. In your government
This one kind of is like the former, a benevolent unseen being that is but can never be pinpointed. Or at least it should be benevolent!
It is becoming increasingly difficult to believe in the government, period. And to have any belief that they still have us in their actions(here I mean those in power and positions of leadership) takes only courage.
7. In yourself
From the hundreds of hours I spend scouring the internet and social media, I have come to a conclusion that people are believing less and less in themselves! Quite unfortunate because this only leads to despair, anarchy, suicide, depression and breakdown of everything.
The over bombardment of false success on the internet leads to people thinking less of themselves and many see themselves as failures never taking stock of their successes and accomplishments.
A lack of vision, goals, role models(and I must emphasize good ones) all contributes to this.
So here’s the thing, you’ve to have the courage to believe in yourself. To see everything not going your way and still believe in yourself and your vision.
You have to let life take its course, living it as it comes and enjoying it. Taking stock of your progress and celebrating it.
Even when you lose, you need to remember that if no one was losing, the word would never exist.