The difference between intention and action is courage. It gives life to our virtues. It is the foundation that creates a reality around those beliefs.
The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word Coeur, meaning heart. In Rollo May’sThe Courage to Create, he explains how courage is the essence that pumps vitality into all our virtues. Without courage, who we are, simply would not exist, and our fidelity would fade into conformism.
The presence of courage does not mean the absence of fear, it is rather the ability to move beyond it. Feel the fear and do it anyway. It keeps us sharp, on edge, and on point.
Everything your body does when the pressure is on is good for performance. Bill Russell was one of the greats in the game of basketball winning an NCAA Championship, Olympic Gold Medal, and professional championship all in the same year. Here’s the kicker, before every single game Russell would throw up. His nerves would keep him on point. So much so, that in 1963, when didn’t puke before games he had his greatest slump of his career. He then got to the playoffs, puked, and played one of the best games of the season.
Feel the fear and do it anyway. Trust in your abilities and allow them to flow. Do not suppress them in fear. Like a squirrel scurrying across a telephone wire it doesn’t think, “oh geez, I’m going to fall.” It doesn’t think at all it just scurries.
The only need you have in life is to fulfill your own potential. And you already have what you need inside of you. It is your own unique abilities. Be courageous and act upon them! They will bring your virtues to life. Any resistance you feel is only a natural reaction that even the best experience.
Rollo May’s extremely empowering outlook calls on our accountability. If you do not express your original ideas you will betray not only yourself but your community in not making your contribution.
There is something very special in you that needs to be shared with this world. No one else can share it – it is up to you and you alone.
It takes courage to be legendary. Courage to be your authentic self, courage to help form the structure of the new world, and courage to act on your beliefs. But in order to do incredible things you must have incredible ideas. You might be labeled an an idealist, an audacious maverick, or a crazy fool, but legendary outcomes are not about the odds they are about the actions.