by Niall Doherty

I’ve been thinking a lot about courage recently. You need a heavy dose of courage to follow your dreams and make the most of your time alive. I’ve concluded that one of the biggest things that makes people courageous is perspective. Courageous people tend to look at the world in the following ways:

  1. I’ll end up regretting the things I don’t try more than the things I do.
  2. If I don’t conquer my fears, they will conquer me. As such, fear is usually an indicator of what I should be doing.
  3. I don’t get over the fear and then do the thing, I do the thing and then get over the fear. Many times the fear doesn’t go away, I just learn to handle it better.
  4. The worst case scenario really isn’t that bad. I can recover from pretty much anything.
  5. There are millions of people in the world who will never have the opportunities and freedoms that I do. As such, I should make the most of them. Where much is given, much is required.
  6. My present situation is the result of my past thoughts and actions. My future situation will be the result of my current thoughts and actions.
  7. I don’t have to live my life the way other people expect me to.*
  8. My message has no power unless I live it. I must be the change I want to see in the world.
  9. A firm no is better than a half-assed yes.
  10. To get what I’ve never had, I must do things I’ve never done.
  11. Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll learn.
  12. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
  13. If I’m not failing, I’m not trying hard enough.
  14. In the long run, people will respect me more if I just be myself and not the person I think will impress them.
  15. I am my biggest obstacle to success. I must give myself permission to be awesome or it will never happen.
  16. The best job security is my own competence.
  17. Not everybody has to like me.

I believe that by developing this kind of perspective, you can live a courageous and immensely fulfilling life. If you think that’s impossible for you, please reread #6 on the list.

Are you courageous? What’s your perspective?

* As mentioned in the video, several of these perspectives come courtesy of Chris Guillebeau. I’ve been working my way through his blog archives for the past few months. Highly recommended for anyone looking to forgo the default lifestyle and make a positive difference in the world.