So you’re probably familiar with the story of the Wizard of Oz, and specifically the Cowardly Lion. He joined Dorothy on her quest to get home, so that he could miraculously have some courage bestowed on him by the great Wizard of Oz. Of course we know, the wizard was a fraud. When the lion finally got to Oz, the Wizard gave him a medal and basically told him that’s all he needs. The only thing separating the lion from every other hero is the recognition. I don’t think that’s it.

The Lion was terrified all throughout the journey, but the thing we need to see is, he still made the journey. Courage is not the absence of fear. Think about it, it takes no courage at all to do things that don’t cause us fear. If you like to skydive, skydiving is a rush and a thrill. There’s no fear, you’re too excited to be afraid. No what the lion did was true courage. He was afraid and did it anyway. That is the opposite of cowardice and so it is with you. There are things in this life that must be overcome and that means sometimes you have to face your fears and do it afraid.

The lion was afraid, but he was also a hero, because he didn’t let his fear stop him from seeing his mission through.

Courageous people are not necessarily unafraid. They simply don’t let fear stop them from succeeding.

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