|The Wise Path|
—Value-based action despite temptation
Courageous people choose to place their well-chosen goals ahead of their fears, convenience, impulses, or other short-term comforts and enticements. Courage is the choice to act according to your values and pursue your goals rather than be distracted or seduced by temptations. Courageous people understand the dangers and feel the fear, and then find the strength, perseverance, and self-discipline to meet the challenge and do the right thing. Strength and wisdom combine as you ward off temptation, overcome obstacles, meet the challenge, and act according to your values. Commitment prevails over comfort.
Although we often think first of physical courage in the form of valor and bravery, courage is also manifest as endurance entailing perseverance, industry, and diligence and as moral courage requiring integrity, genuineness, and honesty.
As we begin to explore more of the world, we see opportunities that can only be seized by taking more risks. We can go away to summer camp or stay home. We travel across the country to enroll in the challenging college of our dreams, or we can stay conveniently near home and settle for something more comfortable. We can seek a challenging job or tolerate a boring one. We either decide to yield to temptation and avoid taking risks, or we summon the courage to act on our values and do what we believe is right, despite the temptations of an easier path. Courageous people recognize that exerting extra effort or taking risks now can provide substantial benefits throughout the future. Running a marathon, graduating from college, job interviews, career advancement, serious relationships, delivering a speech, admitting to a mistake, and studying for tomorrow’s test all require us to leave comfort behind to attain a greater outcome. Achievement requires courage.
Learning from the following resources and conscientiously practicing the skills they describe will help you move from Engagement to Courage.
Reading and studying these books will help increase your courage:
Live courageously as you work toward doing good.
The diagram links to the states that neighbor this one. This can help orient you to this state both horizontally, showing the emotion and cognition states at this level of development, and vertically showing the action levels before and after this one.