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    • Jenna Stone

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    • March 7, 2015 in Columnists

    Courage, belief and strength… oh my!

    Courage

    “So I believe that dreams – day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing – are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilizations.”- L Frank Baum

    Courage.

    You have a dream. Your dream has an adversary. The adversary? Fear.

    Fear and your dream engage in an epic battle every single day. When not understood correctly, fear can cost you severely. You will dodge your well-meaning and advice-giving friends, lose several hours of precious sleep each night and eventually succumb to the allure of the traditional office cubicle.

    The good news? If you’re afraid, you are definitely on the right path!

    It isn’t called courage if you aren’t scared.
    If you aren’t scared, then you’re resting in your comfort zone.
    If you’re resting in your comfort zone, you aren’t reaching for more.
    If you aren’t reaching for more, then you aren’t following your dreams.

    A healthy fear means you’re following your dream instead of casually kicking back while the world passes you by. You are a game-changer, a rule-breaker and a creator! You are 100 percent original! You will have plenty of time to think “inside the box” when you’re dead, right?

    So embrace fear, welcome courage and be sincerely happy when you feel like you’re channeling the cowardly lion.

    Just remember, at the end of the day – you’re still a lion.

    Belief.

    As a child, you believed in magic, your best friend was imaginary, you were invincible and you sat on Santa Claus’ lap before he flew back to the North Pole.

    The truth? As long as you believed, those things were in fact true. Sure, you scored a few scratches from the “invincibility tests” you performed during summer break with your invisible friend, but did believing in any of those things actually cause you irreparable damage?

    Nah. Not really. Here you sit, reading this article, so you must have survived, despite your ludicrous beliefs.

    Now you are older, wiser and have a better foundation to determine if your dream is more Santa Claus than substance.

    The truth? Your dream is a bit of both. It has the magic, the illusion and the potential to be invincible but it also has the “grown-up factor” – which includes your personal life experience, your failures and successes, and that nagging feeling that you shouldn’t let “this one” fall by the wayside.

    Find your true north and trust your inner compass. Your dream is only on your path because you put it there. That, in and of itself, has great value. You will also begin to notice that when you begin to believe, others will too!

    Belief in yourself and your dream is ridiculously contagious – but in a good way.

    Strength.

    When you are passionate about following your dreams, you draw pure strength from your passion and are able to overlook the day-to-day nonsense. When weighing decisions that can result in either dream or drama, you are now equipped to choose correctly.

    What once seemed like a massive boulder obstructing the paved road to success is now an itty-bitty speck that you can easily run over with your Mega-Dream Building Bulldozer 3000!

    Your strength will continue to grow as you cross every boundary you once thought was uncrossable.

    It won’t be easy, but then again, nothing worthwhile ever was…

    Your strength will continue to grow and you will have plenty to share. Your new Superman Cape won’t be confined by pesky zippers and annoying buttons. It will be big and flowy and have plenty of space to fit as many people under it as you choose!

    The Alchemist
    *Once combined; courage, belief and strength will answer your most basic “how to turn metal into gold” alchemy equation. Now your dream-turned-reality will prove to yourself and to others that most things in life are entirely possible – with the right ingredients and some tape, love and a little string to hold it together.



    • Oh my gosh. I was just having this conversation with my husband the other day. Fear, and its kissing cousin – lack of confidence, have been the most limiting influences on my life. Given my bizarre childhood followed by a disastrous marriage, I understand why I was the way I was. I don’t know how I could have been anything but terrified and fearful. That slowly began to thaw in my 30s, and in my 40s… I BECAME the lioness. In my 50s… I fear NO ONE.
      I still fear flying. Truth in advertising.
      But… fear. Yeah. Because I realize, looking back, that had I not been so extremely fearful, I would be a musician or singer in a band now. Music was my first love. But I had crippling stage fright and ZERO encouragement.
      And so… I became a writer… which gives you a safe distance from that terrifying audience.
      Yup. FEAR steered me to this point in life.



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