Courage and Fear

This weekend I flew in on American airlines to Mississippi and had a Dallas connection. I contemplated on the 60 executives who I taught employee engagement strategies. I had the opportunity to reflect on some of the many occasions where I have the courage to do a lot of things. As I peered through the window of the airline window, all I could see was the beauty of clouds as it floated in the skies. I felt like I was just floating the skies too. It dawned on me that I had the courage to put my life into the hands of a pilot that I did not even know. Of course, if you are like me, you are probably thinking about the silence above the clouds. I can also imagine that maybe you are thinking about what it if, what if we go down. That is a very natural thought, but when you have courage you fear very few things, especially those outside of your control

pexels-photo-medium-2Interestingly I was given John Maxwell’s, 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader from one of the executives. This executive did not know that I was John Maxwell certified coach, so I was very appreciative of my mentor’s book. As I read through the book, I came upon the quote that stated, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” I had to think about this statement deeply. Many of us had the courage to conquer our fears. Some people have yet to conquer their fears. The power of the statement related to much of what I was thinking as I looked at the wonders outside the plane. It is our Faith by which we hold on to when we get on an airline. With that said, we say our prayers, no matter what fears we have getting on the plane, and then we let it go.

I have experienced many courageous moments from leaving my island home in Jamaica, West Indies to New York, moving from New York City to South Florida, and now traveling weekly from state to state teaching employee engagement to executives I have never seen before. Some I will never see again. That takes courage. The deep courage that I had is leaving my entire family in Jamaica and moving to New York City where I knew no one. Other courageous moments included stepping on the stage in Miami to speak to more than 7000 people. As we experience these moments of courage, we probably can agree that we said our prayers and all the fears we had left.

It was Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich who wrote that “Faith is a state of mind, it is an elixir, it is a chemical that when mixed with prayer gives direct connection with Infinite Intelligence.” As the plane descended, I sat in the very last seat beside the stewardess. I felt led to share the statement, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” She was stunned. Together we shared and explored our Faith as the statement related to our lives. She stated it that she was so excited that I shared this with her because she herself has experienced some courage and that if it was not for her her Faith, fear would have taken her down. In that moment, I learned so much about her life, her daughter and the loss of her husband.

I write this to say that if you are out there experiencing some kind of fear that is stopping you from achieving your dreams and your potentials, then you should be praying for that fear because courage is fear that has said its prayers.

At Comtivate International Leadership I have seen so many become relieved of their fears through strategic coaching and training. Let me know how you are overcoming your fears at

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Dr. J

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