Having real courage.

…risk loving

Have you ever seen the movie We Bought A Zoo? Well, you need to!

On watching it I was struck when Matt Damon said, ‘Sometimes all we need is 20 seconds of embarrassing courage’.

Courage -- our favourite unpractised preach.
Courage — our favourite unpractised preach.

That was how he met his wife (in the movie), who he approached out of the blue because he believed she was the most beautiful woman ever. And that is how he decided to buy a zoo, because he wanted a different life after his wife died and he thought ‘Why Not’.

The question Why Not is actually more important than the question Why, though we don’t often rank them like that. We don’t always need a great reason to do something, besides a strong feeling in our spirit. But we do ALWAYS need to ensure that there isn’t a good answer to the Why Not question.

My motto in life: a strong conviction in your spirit + no real reason why you shouldn’t listen to that conviction = JUST DO IT

And Matt Damon has helped me add to my motto: JUST DO IT AND START BY HAVING 20 SECONDS OF EMBARRASSING COURAGE.

If you are not happy with your job or the career path that you have taken, explore things on the side to find out what you love, speak to God about it, pay attention to how much joy you have when you are doing things and what gives you the greatest sense of peace and fulfilment. Find what you love to do. It might be volunteering, or meeting people, or painting, or dancing, or travelling, or owning a business, or selling chocolate, or running marathons. It doesn’t always mean you need to quit your job, you just need to reshuffle your priorities and put more energy and time into the things you really enjoy. It might also mean changing jobs and doing some training or going back to school. Whatever it is, just do it and start by having 20 seconds of embarrassing courage.

If you believe in your spirit that something is true, like that God exists and that Jesus Christ is your Saviour and that this world is a speck in a larger, infinite eternity that we can spend with that God if we give our life to Him during our time on this earth, just do it and start by having 20 seconds of embarrassing courage. (I am appealing to myself in this one because I do not always have the courage to follow the Lord by faith and faithfully and I often beat myself up about it — more blogs to come about this though).

Courage comes at test time.
Courage comes at test time.

If you have an idea for a business and have wanted for many years to try it out and be your own boss, read up about how to do this, get your idea sorted and write your business plan, get some advice, find the resources and… just do it and start by having 20 seconds of embarrassing courage.

This one, I can promise you I haven’t been able to work up the courage for but I’ve talked to people who do so here goes… If you know that you love someone and you enjoy their company like you do no other’s, and you feel comfortable, encouraged and excited around that person but they aren’t the one you dreamed of because they aren’t the ‘perfect’ person, they have flaws, you sometimes don’t agree, and you know them so well you know all their insecurities, you need to know that you won’t ever find someone who is perfect, because you yourself aren’t perfect, and that the fact that you have someone in your life that you care for so much and feel so comfortable with, go on and let yourself love them, and to get to know them, and let them get to know you. Just do it and start by having 20 seconds of embarrassing courage.

I just really love that motto. Yes it is true that my fear gets the best of me 80% of the time making me forget this motto. But all of the times that I have willed myself to JUST DO IT, it has been tremendously rewarding. After all, the greatest risks result in the greatest rewards. You learn that in finance and you learn that in LIFE.

So whatever you are feeling strongly about right now that has no serious Why Not answer, please, JUST DO IT AND START BY HAVING 20 SECONDS OF EMBARRASSING COURAGE.

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