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Melissa Ng


September 1, 2013

Are you courageous?

September 1, 2013 | By | 11 Comments

Thi “Heroics is important and we certainly need more heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.” -—Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Do you think you’re courageous? Brave?

Yes? No? Sometimes? However you feel about it, one thing is for sure:

We all wish we could be braver and have more courage to fearlessly pursue our dreams.

But too often, we fear we “don’t have what it takes” to make it all happen.

We fret, we whine, we have meltdowns. We get all tangled up by the inspiring stories about the amazing geniuses who swoop in to restore floundering companies, the overnight successes who seemingly went from being nobodies to millionaires changing the world, the serial entrepreneurs who gave up their six-figure jobs to pursue their passion and wholehearted living, the rebellious spirits who boldly ruffle a lot of feathers and constantly turn industries on their heads…

How could we ever compare? How could we ever match that?

First, courage comes in all shapes and sizes. Second, it’s important to remember that you’re usually seeing only a part of the story (the happy/exciting parts).

Lately, I’ve been really getting into writing reminder lists (I really like lists…). Creating one for courage was really important to me since my confidence has a tendency to plummet whenever the going gets tough. Chances are yours does too. So, I’ll start by sharing my list.

Courage is…

tackling one problem at a time,

breaking away from the familiar,

persevering in the face of uncertainty,

sharing your fears with the ones you love,

defining your own freedom and happiness,

asking questions about what you don’t know,

reaching out for help when you really need it,

being honest and authentic with yourself and others,

fearing for the safety of a dream, but pursuing it anyway,

sharing your creations with the world (or in a blog post 😉

doing what needs to be done NOW and not setting it aside for later,

putting in the endless hours of work without expecting immediate rewards,

accepting that failures happen but never accepting defeat,

saying “no” to the customers that aren’t right for you,

telling yourself that you’ve done all that you can today,

not worrying about making a fool of yourself,

owning up to your mistakes and taking chances,

moving forward even when you’re completely lost,

consistently taking action despite the fear.

taking the unpopular route,

embracing your quirks,

thinking differently,

holding onto hope.

Your turn. What does courage mean to you?

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” -—Maya Angelou

Share it in the comments below or you can keep it personal. Do whatever makes you feel more comfortable.

If you’ve done any of the above, you already have more courage than you think. No matter how new or experienced you are, as a creator, you’re looking at fear in the face whenever you deliver on your product, create new content, or build anything of value.

I don’t know about you but I think that takes a lot of guts. Dontcha think?

<3 Melissa

P.S. In case you missed it, you can check out last week’s happy list of reminders on freedom.

Grip on anger

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  1. Hey Melissa,

    Love the message here. Not only because I feel like I’m pretty much living your list but because as a writer and a creative I often find myself tackling the same subject and I think you wrapped it up quite succinctly.
    Super glad I found your site and I look forward to reading more.


    • Hi Cotey! Glad it resonated with you. Looking forward to sharing thoughts and rants 🙂

  2. Laura

    So glad to read this. I made a custom party dress for a friend this week and I was terrified that she would hate it. Of course it was lovely and she looked fabulous. I worry too much that my designs aren’t good enough. I want to remember that as long as I stay true to myself as a designer I have already succeeded. Thanks for the shot of courage.

    • Congratulations! That’s great to hear! Stay in touch about your progress 😀

    • Always the best content from these pruogiidos writers.

  3. Andrew Kincaid

    I just discovered your site a few days ago, and I have to say that I like the clean, sleek look. Your artwork puts me in a very Zen mindset :).

    I’m in the process of reinventing myself, as it were. I’m in the baby steps of making myself a new site, which while I’m not new to blogging, this is a different and more focused approach. I’m a little doubtful about it because it’s a bit of an odd niche, but it’s one I enjoy and might be able to make a go of it.

    I tend to think that we find what we need, when we need it, if we only have eyes to see it. Been finding a lot of things lately, and that includes this site!

    • Would love to learn more about this odd niche of yours someday. I’m all about weird, quirky and strange!! And I know my response is pretty delayed but I’m glad you stopped by! 🙂

  4. Helen Fitzgerald

    I think your list is excellent (I like lists too!) I mustered the courage to add a comment! as I’ve been out of action for awhile due to illness and need to start being more interactive again. These tips will be part of my daily inspiration now, so thanks for the boost! I also love your artwork!

    • I know I’m getting to this comment pretty late, but I hope you’re feeling better. I’ve been inactive myself for other reasons, so I know what you mean about trying to get back into the swing of things again. Thanks for mustering the courage to comment! <3

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