“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
How different could your life be if you conquered (or even mastered) something you now fear?
Our daughter, Anne, was the maid of honor at a dear friend’s wedding. Here she’s shown giving her speech at the reception.
Anne was nervous about that speech for days ahead of time.
Yet, with her speech well-written and well-practiced, she had the wedding reception crowd in the palm of her hand. Laughter and tears flowed freely as she told stories about her long-time friendship with the bride.
And while Anne would not say she conquered her fear of public speaking from just that one speech, she grew strength and confidence through it.
Facing fear, and moving toward and through it gives you courage.
It gives you confidence.
It helps you to be more prepared for the next challenge in your life.
How different could your life be if you mastered something you now fear?
Relish the thought.
Give it a try.