Courage is defined at dictionary.com as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger and pain without fear. The opposite of fear is courage, and it is a prerequisite to live a successful life.
In Joshua 1:9 from the Bible, God says to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God knew the assignment that he had given to Joshua would be challenging and difficult, and that’s why he told him to be strong and of good courage. The same principle applies to us today.
In order to accomplish our goals and dreams, it is going to require courage.
In our day-to-day life, we all face challenges, fears, difficulties and other things that try to hinder us from accomplishing our assignments. During those moments, we are faced with a decision. We can either cave in under fear, or we can choose to be courageous and overcome fear. The decision you make will determine the outcome of your situation.
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Successful people have learned how to maintain a courageous attitude in the midst of challenging situations.
There are a few things that you can do to maintain a courageous attitude in life. The first one is to keep a positive attitude. Regardless of how dark and dim things may seem, your attitude will determine the end result. In other words, it will make or break your situation.
I recently came through some challenging circumstances, and one of the things that got me through was my attitude of optimism. I knew with God’s help that things were going to turn around, and they did. A positive attitude isn’t hype; it’s an attitude of optimism even in the face of extreme odds.
The second thing that you can do to maintain a courageous attitude is to never give up. Ray Owen said, “Trying times are not the times to stop trying.”
Oftentimes when people face challenges in life, they stop trying and eventually they give up rather than persevere. When it comes to life, we can either give up or get up. Getting up is going to benefit our lives more than giving up.
The third and final thing necessary to maintain a courageous attitude is to encourage yourself.
1 Samuel 30:6 from the Bible says, “David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” When the scripture says that David found strength in the Lord, it means that he encouraged himself. David was facing one of the hardest seasons of his life, and no one was around to encourage him.
There will be times in your life when no one is around to give you a pep talk, and it is during those times that you will need to encourage yourself. I have found from personal experience that when I took the time to encourage myself, it changed my perspective about my problems and caused me to see things from God’s perspective.