I was listening to Mel Robbins’ book, “The 5 Second Rule,” today while working out, and she shared something truly profound. She said, “Courage is your birthright.” Wow, how empowering – and true!!

Courage is a flame that lives within each of us. This isn’t just a nice thought; it’s a fundamental truth about our human experience. Every day, in big ways and small, we can act courageously. It might be in speaking up for what’s right, stepping out of our comfort zone, or simply getting out of bed to face a challenging day. 

So, basically, courage is a choice.

Think about that for a moment. Courage isn’t something only a few people possess. Courage is something we all have access to, like a hidden superpower waiting to be unleashed. It’s not the absence of fear but the decision to move forward despite it. It’s waking up each day and deciding to face whatever comes with a brave heart.

And the beauty of courage is that it’s not a finite resource. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It grows every time you face a fear, every time you choose to move forward despite uncertainty. Courage is like a muscle that strengthens with use.

This made me pause and reflect. Courage isn’t about being fearless; it’s about being human. It’s about feeling the fear and choosing courage and action anyway.

Choosing courage – that’s the key. And in life and business, this choice translates into taking action. It’s about not waiting for the perfect moment but creating it. In business, this might mean launching your idea before you feel completely ready or stepping up to lead a project that intimidates you. In life, it can be as simple as saying ‘yes’ to new experiences or standing up for your values.

The lesson I am reminded of here is: don’t wait for courage to find you. Be proactive. Mel’s book, The “5 Second Rule”, teaches us to act within five seconds of having an idea or instinct before our brain can talk us out of it. This approach can revolutionize not just how you make decisions but how you live your life.

That’s exactly what I did when I made the decision to “change lanes,” build a personal brand, and transparently share my journey with you. It’s definitely a leap of faith and proof of courage in action. I’m on an emotional rollercoaster most days (as you’ve read if you have been following me on this journey.) But I know from the other ventures in my life that success is a journey, and it is only through choosing to be courageous through the process that I’ll reach my goals. So, that’s what I’m going to do – take one courageous step at a time.


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