Finding Courage to Begin Again

Begin again bird taking off

I usually sleep the New Year in and watch the ball drop on the news. New Year’s Eve is an imaginary line in the sand but, I must confess, its power is real. New Year’s inspires us to begin again.

Step into the future or settle for the past.

Three keys to courageously begin again:

People give courage.

The people closest to you determine
the heights you reach.

You don’t lack determination you lack encouraging friends. Connect with courage-givers not courage-drainers. You won’t go far without others.

Resolution: Make a short list of people who lift you and spend more time with them.

Resolution: Fill those around you with courage by honoring their strengths. Make them feel they matter.

Positives inspire courage.

There’s something wrong with everything. There’s always room for improvement. Celebrate progress more frequently than suggesting improvements. Celebrations inspire courage. Constant correction drains courage.

Explaining what’s next
without celebrating what was – discourages.

Resolution: Say at least four positives for every negative.

Love overcomes fear.

Mothers face lions to protect the children they love. Love your organization. Love the people in it.

I’m not talking romantic love. Seek their highest good. Place the interests of others before your own. Self-interest makes leaders cautious. Seeking the interest of others enables and encourages.

Resolution: Place your organization before yourself.


Purpose sustains courage.

Noble mission infuses effort with value and sustains courage. People with purpose begin again.

Leaders fuel courage by explaining purpose,
giving place, and enabling progress.

How do you fill others with courage?

What fills you with courage?