Do you know what courageous means? Tom Ruskin and Randy Reed said that courage comes from a French word which means “of the heart”.
But how does it feel to you? He says – you know, it takes courage to live. He says most people go through life not allowing themselves to step out because they don’t want to let go. They don’t want to be blown around, they don’t want to be moved. The courage to face life’s swirling wind of contradictions, the courage to love yourself, the courage to love – for years I was afraid to love – the courage to take a chance, the courage to be who you are.
He says, “Courage isn’t for somebody else, for medals, applause or moral debts. Courage is what at that moment feels most right for you. Not just situational ethics, but what feels right in your heart.” The word: of the heart. What feels right in your heart.
One great philosopher says, “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.”
What does that mean, that valiant people aren’t afraid? No, no, no. It means that they experience that fear, and they move forward. They move forward anyhow.
Many people are dead now. Many people are allowing their dreams to die. Many people allowing their ideas to lie dormant and collect dust. Many people have all this talent and ability that they are allowing to be buried inside of them, that they will take with them to their graves, because they didn’t have the courage to be who they are.
And I say as you begin to look toward the future and manifesting your greatness, it’s going to take everything in you. Everything in you. Your life deserves the concentrated effort to begin to look at how is it that I can express more of me? How is it that I can bring my ideas out here now? And start living with a sense of urgency, because you’re here today, you’re gone today.
Life is unpredictable. It’s uncertain. There are no guarantees, no guarantees out here at all. So holding back, what are you waiting on?
Ask yourself: What’s the benefit of your waiting? What’s the benefit of your not living your dream? What’s the benefit of not listening to yourself? Oh, please, listen to yourself.
You know the feelings — if you start listening to the feelings in your heart, and I’m doing it now more every day, I find that my feelings – I can trust them.
And I say to you, that as you look toward the future, you look at life on a daily basis – if there is something that you have been given, if you’ve heard something within yourself, that you know that – that what you’re doing now doesn’t fit for you, doesn’t work for you, it’s not giving you what you want, and there’s something else that you want to do, don’t allow that inner doubt in you to talk you out of it.
To build a case on why you can’t have it, to tell you why you’re not good enough. You ignore that inner voice and all of the external voices. Don’t judge the possibilities for what you can do based upon the circumstances, because the circumstances won’t determine who you are.
Don’t determine what you’re able to do based upon your resources. Don’t determine what’s possible for you based upon where your life is right now. Where your life is right now is not you. That’s just what it is right now.
But the possibilities for you are unlimited. If you’re in a rebuilding process, it’s unlimited. If you’re coming back from adversity and devastation, it’s unlimited of what you can do. That’s the capacity of human beings. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made, it doesn’t matter how many flops you’ve had, it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve lost. In fact, I see it only as an investment of what you learn from life, not losses, but investments of what’s possible for you.
And I say to you that once you start listening to yourself and as you begin to act on your dream, as you start just trying to find your way, doing what you can with what you have, you will start seeing things opening up for you. You will start attracting people. You say “Where’d they come from?” Things will start coming together, clicking for you, you say “Whoa”, you start brainstorming – ideas will come from nowhere as you focus on them.
The key to it is to begin to focus on what it is you want to do. “Why, Les, why is that important?” Because as you focus on that what you want to do, that which we focus on, that which we give our energy to, it will begin to multiply, it will begin to expand, it will begin to develop your consciousness, and out of that comes your greatness. Out of that comes a commitment, out of that comes a passion for life, out of that comes a special power that you have in you that you haven’t even called on yet.
See, the powers that we have will never reveal themselves if we don’t challenge them. If we don’t put ourselves in the position where we have to use them.
So one of the most important things — I was reading a book that’s a really interesting book called ‘Instant Millionaire’ and the guy said “Put yourself in a position where you can’t retreat, where it’s do or die, sink or swim.”