“You have plenty of courage, I am sure… All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – Excerpt from Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I read a book once in which the author challenged readers with the question, Who are your coaching role models? He then proceeded to share his–one of whom was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
I know it sounds hard to believe at first, but when you really sit down and think about those whom she led down the yellow brick road, Dorothy serves as a perfect role model, and quite the example for courage.
Have you ever traveled down an unknown road and been scared because you were unsure of what lied ahead?
For many of us, this is a regular occurrence. All too often however, we let that fear prevent us from going down the path. We try to wait until we can see a little more clearly the final destination before we take the plunge.
When we hear people reference the leap of faith, this is simply courage. We must strive to take chances. We must believe in ourselves. Having courage helps us when we are scared. It allows us to push through and continue down the (yellow brick) road.
We must not only have courage for ourselves, but must inspire courage in others. We must be like Dorothy challenging others to speak the truth, allowing others to share their emotions, helping others to think for themselves, and believing in others. In essence, we must empower others to believe they can become whatever they want to be.
How do we do this?
We have courage of our own. We must lead by example. We must stand up for what we believe in and support others to do the same.
Courage is not easy. But know this when you have moments where you think you can’t…people believe in you, I believe in you, and you can do it! Continue to put one foot in front of the other, and follow your own yellow brick road.
Bring your best today!