Courage is a Decision of the Mind

Over the last few weeks I have found myself getting to those moments where you start to doubt your plan.  The goals you put forth and wrote down, the vision you illustrated and communicated with others.  We as leaders, as rainmakers, as entrepreneur’s and sales people face the teeter totter effect of dealing with the outside world and how if effects what we are, how we are, and what we produce.  We know when we are on and we are off.

Let’s face it we all have times where we doubt ourselves. . . . That is where courage comes in.  To be weak, scared, and fear something and to proceed anyways.  That is courage; it is not the absence of fear but the facing of it and making the decision to move on anyways.

It is about facing giants of fear, failure, criticism, and fatigue and elevating above it.  Deciding and then Doing can be the most powerful combination.  Far greater than any fear.  You were designed for greatness so go face it.  Just decide, just do it.

I have the very big luxury of coaching people in these moments where I see myself.  I get to talk them through their fears but truth be told, I really get as much out of this as they do at these moments.

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12 Responses to “Courage is a Decision of the Mind”

  1. Chris Reed says:

    I know what you mean brother! It takes guts to verbalize a vision to your peers let alone the world and then go make it happen. Its the making it happen part that takes determination and courage. I know I have and still will waver from time to time. Thanks for this post! It was great encouragement today! Merry Christmas brother!

  2. Kay Johns says:

    Thanks for sending this. It’s very true.

  3. Joyce Woods says:

    Thanks Tony for this message. When you are the one facing the opposition and there seems to be no relief in sight, it is so easy to be overcome with the grey clouds of despair, fear and hopelessness. Sometimes all you want to do is find a hole and hid, which accomplishes nothing.

    I have often found that when I reach this point it takes getting mad to get me out of the rut and face the dragon in my life.

    Again Thank You for this Christmas and end of the year encouragement. Merry Christmas!!

  4. Tony:


    I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you in person yet. I am a rainmaker, and have heard great things about you from your friends like Chris Reed, Dan Lacy, Scott Callahan, and countless others.

    I really appreciate what you are saying here in your post this week. Basically, you might summarize it into on sentence – “The only true failure in life is the failure to take action”.

    I am an accountant, and I began in private practice in May, 2011. After over 20 years of being a CFO for multimillion dollar corporations, and relying on those triple digit corporate incomes to suddenly step out there on my own, and rely on my own momentum to create income and grow my businesses was terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I am not an outgoing person (I am an accountant), so networking was uncomfortable for me at first. But as I got to know the people in my networking groups, and they got to know me, things blossomed, and my practice has begun to grow. I still have bouts of terror sometimes, but I agree with your analogy. The only people who don’t ever make mistakes are the ones who never do anything in the first place.

    P.s I would really love to meet you. 

  5. says:

    I look forward to getting together call Stephanie at the office and lets do so inthe new year!!!


  6. says:

    Slay the Dragon! you deserve it!

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  8. Kathy Berg says:

    Thanks! This is exactly what I needed to hear today Tony, because I am telling my employer of 6 years that it’s time I moved on. I will focus on developing my business I started two years ago, something I’m very passionate about, and I can’t do both. Your post reminds me of a book that means a lot to me – “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers.

  9. Steve Scalph says:

    Tony, I think most people in business can relate to this. But don’t we develop that courage mindset by constantly feeding our belief system (head) with stories of people who have overcome what appeared to insurmountable odds.

    The story of the “Soul Surfer” comes to mind of how Bethany Hamilton faced the fear of getting back in the water after having her arm bitten off by a shark. Well that was just one of many fear to overcome. But it is those small incremental decisions to we make every day or every second that pushes us forward to manifest the courage of the decision.

    I believe a lot of facing the giant is like eating an elephant!

    Merry Christmas and thank you for the post.

  10. Dick Troll says:

    Thanks Tony. I needed to read your words.

  11. Steve Scalph says:

    Love this!
    “The only true failure in life is the failure to take action”.

  12. Tara ray says:

    Thanks for posting! Your timing is impeccable. As I have been evaluating my first year in business feeling a bit disappointed in the rate of growth I have had in a field that is constantly proclaimed booming, it helps to know that I am not alone in my moments of doubts. We roar on!

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