A starting place for our mission to be more courageous, is to understand courage.

And to start to get an idea of what this word means, we can look towards Brené Brown’s work on vulnerability and courage.

In her book “I thought it was just me” she starts exploring courage in this way:

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word fo

r heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds.

But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad.

Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”

So what is courage to you?

What can you take away with you from Brené’s above description, that you can use?

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