If you are a leader, it is your job to help others find their courage. And by the way, if you are reading this, you are a leader in some way. “Encouragement” means to help others find courage. And courage, in my opinion, is daring to live out what can be imagined. Robin Williams’ character does just this in Dead Poet’s Society…he helps Ethan Hawke to find his “barbaric yawp!”
Winston Churchill said:
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.
That is how important courage is. Without it, nothing else matters.
You can have all sorts of other great qualities, but without courage, they will never see the light of day. And the same is true with those you lead, or work with, or go to church with. Everyone needs someone to bring out their courage. So, first always surround yourself with others who encourage you, who draw courage out of you, who stretch you and drive you.
And then do the same for others.
How far can you go?
It takes courage to see how far you can go. It takes courage to bring out the best in yourself, to test your limits, and see how far you can go. And everyone needs help doing that.
We all have shells. We all want to yawp or roar, but a lack of courage keeps us inside of those shells. Until someone helps us to dare to do what we imagine.
More people don’t dare to do all they can imagine due to fear. Fear of what might go wrong. Fear of the unknown. Fear of whatever consequences their imagination can think of.
But the greatest failure of all is in not trying to do all of the things you believe you can.
How to find courage in yourself
I’ve found that one of the best ways to find courage in myself is to help others find courage in themselves. To help them bust out of their shells. To help them start something big. To help them roar.
And in doing so, I find that I have already found courage in myself.
So today, let me hear your yawp. Let me hear you roar. Let me see you do something remarkable and legendary.
Help someone find courage today. And find it in yourself.
How can you help someone else find courage today?