One day two friends were playing near a well. One of them was 7 and the other was 8 years old. Suddenly, the 8 year old fell into the well. The other child started to panic, wondering what he could do on his own to save his drowning friend. However, at such time of tension, he gathered himself up and looked for different ways he could pull his friend out.
The 7 year old saw a bucket nearby that had a thick rope attached to it so he threw the bucket into the well and pulled out his friend all by himself. Although the 8 year old was in shock from falling into the well and could barely breath, he thanked his friend for saving his life.
The most important question here is that, ‘Where did the 7 year old boy get the courage to save his friends life in such a critical situation?’ The answer is that the only reason the young child could exhibit such valour was that no one was around him to tell him that he couldn’t do it, to discourage him. Remember, we all have the power to do, and all it takes is for us to know that we can.
When we are born, we are extremely courageous and have no knowledge of fear. I believe that the older we get the less courageous we have at trying new things, for fear of failure. As children when we are learning to walk, we stand up and fall down hundreds if not thousands of times. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, but we always have the courage to get back up until one day not only are we walking but we are running.
As adults we should try and take the same ‘baby steps’ to attain our goals and aspirations. You should never believe that any of your goals are unrealistic or unattainable nor should you believe that you are not good enough. This is just fear and doubt talking. By setting small goals along the way and keeping a positive mind about where you are headed, you will feed your confidence and find yourself moving forward. You will find the courage to accomplish what you set out to do and leave your doubts behind.
We all have the choice to bring our dreams to life. We can choose the path we follow and decide whether we want to live in fear or find the courage to push through and remember, only positive thoughts will bring positive achievements.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela