Keep on keepin on. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We have multiple phrases for making forward progress. For taking action, moving ahead.

But what most phrases lack is the boiled down essence of all your will, drive and motivation… courage.

Digging deep and finding the courage to continue builds character and gives shape to your life. To pick yourself back up, put yourself out there, keep being vulnerable in service of your desires and dreams is the single greatest form of bravery I can think of.

Courage is like a muscle. The first few times you rely on it, it feels uncomfortable, foreign and maybe even painful. But you start to gain strength through repetition.

As your courage grows, you take bigger, bolder actions. You make incremental progress toward your goals. You start to feel strong and alive.  You move boldly and bravely into the direction of your dreams.

For me, leaving corporate America to commit to my full-time coaching business was a bold, brave action in building a larger life for myself. It’s certainly not a path of least resistance, but acts of bravery seldom are.

I’m continuously mustering up courage over fear and doubt as I work on building a life that resonates with purpose and meaning. A life where I get to help others show up courageously in their lives, over and over again.

As you go about your day today, ask yourself, how am I being brave? If the answer isn’t obvious, what could you do to give courage a workout?