Courage requires the mental or moral strength to act in the presence of fear.

Ten Elements of Courage:

  • Self-confidence – Courageous people believe in themselves. They know who they are and what they stand for.
  • Conviction – You always know where courageous people stand. They are passionate about their beliefs and values and have consistent and predictable behavior.
  • Integrity – Courageous people know the difference between right and wrong. They don’t just talk about honor; they live it every day – backing their words with action.
  • Leadership – Courageous people are not deterred by adversity or afraid of what people may think of them.
  • Compassion – Courageous people put other people’s needs ahead of their own.
  • Objectivity – Courageous people believe that people are willing to make tough decisions if the options are presented to them in an open, honest, and objective manner.
  • Strength in Adversity – Courageous people aren’t ahead of swimming against the tide or challenging the status quo. They stare adversity in the eye-running toward the problem rather than run away from it.
  • Change Masters – Courageous people step outside their comfort zone to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Embrace the Unknown – Courageous people follow their intuition. If information is required to make a good decision isn’t available, they follow their instincts.
  • Action – Courageous people put their money where their mouth is. They know it is not enough to talk about doing something – instead, they act.