Courage is the Willingness to Try Again

“If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” ~David Viscott

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T.S. Eliot

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” ~John Wayne

“Courage is grace under pressure.” ~Ernest Hemmingway


When you think of courage, you probably think of fierce warriors or men dressed in battle uniform. Perhaps you envision a woman battling disease or someone fighting a good fight on behalf of another.


However, courage comes in many different shapes and forms. Sometimes courage is getting knocked down, but getting back up again–and doing it every time.

Courage is the willingness to try again.

Courage in Failing

If you have always wanted to try something or have had a lifelong dream you now wish to follow, you have to start somewhere. That somewhere is a place called courage. If you do not try, then you are guaranteed to fail. If you do try, however, then know there is a possibility that you may very well succeed.

In any case, you have to change your view. Courage is taking a step, and if you don’t succeed, in trying again anyhow. If you fail the first time, it is not an ending; it is just the beginning and a learning tool of what not to do in the future. Success may not show up the way you planned, but it will show up sooner or later.

When you do fail and you see you have, in fact, survived, it will only propel you forward all the more. If everyone who ever succeeded at anything stopped trying after the first few rounds, then we would not have half the achievements and blessing we have in life now.

If at First You Don’t Succeed

There is an old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again”. Courage is the willingness to try things over and over again until you find the right formula for success.

And, the right formula for success is to keep going no matter how many times you get knocked down until you figure out what does actually work. Courage is the willingness to try and try again.

Courage Shows up Differently

Sometimes, courage is not what you think it is either. Sometimes courage is asking for help. Many of us have trouble asking for help, but real courage shows up when you swallow your pride and ask for help.

More often than not, it takes a whole lot more courage to ask for help than it does to go it alone.

The Absence of Fear

Courage also does not mean in any way, shape or form that you feel no fear as you face something you would rather not have to face. It means you turn and face your fear and act in spite of it.

Courage does not mean the absence of fear. Rather, it does mean that you confront your fear. When you face something you are afraid of, then that experience helps to guarantee future successes when you face frightening things the next time.

You will look over your shoulder and see you were afraid, but you took action and faced your fear anyway.

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