Courage is overrated.
At least, overestimated.
You don’t have to live courageously.
In fact, you can be a coward 99.9305556% of the time (to be exact).
You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.
Those 20 seconds when…
…you pick up the phone to call that “big kahuna” prospect.
…you see your dream client enter the networking meeting.
…you walk up to a circle of strangers and introduce yourself.
…you volunteer to come up on stage.
…you contemplate jumping into the icy cold water.
…you are arguing with your spouse and choose to relent.
…you are slighted and decide to let it go and forgive.
…you know you need to have a tough conversation with a friend.
…you know it’s time to let someone go.
…you need to say “no” even though it will make you unpopular.
…you ready yourself to jump out of the plane.
Each one of those defining moments only requires 20 seconds of real courage at the most.
Once the 20 seconds are over, it’s easy breezy from there.
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues
but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” —C.S. Lewis