It’s not a stretch that many of us see courage as a characteristic of people facing the greatest of challenges: cancer survivors, firefighters, COVID first responders. While true, all of us face tests of courage on a daily basis. For me, it’s the willingness and initiative to be open-minded, to confront problems head on, and dream big.

Do you ask questions when your gut tells you something’s off? Are you game for trying something new? Even when it’s something you may not be successful at?  Do you build up to it with baby steps or do you dive into the deep end to get it over with? Do you know who to trust?

Listening to your instincts is a great regimen for honing them. They will lead you to make decisions, laying the cornerstone for bravery. No decisions are a way out. Making and executing your choices are a way in.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Love this article by Jeff Haden on 12 Habits of Genuinely Courageous People. My favorite habits mentioned include: not being afraid to believe the unimaginable, showing genuine emotion, taking unpopular stands, and earning the right to lead.