“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”  – C. JoyBell

I love movies, and especially when a story is so powerfully told in a manner that makes you leave the theater in silence. The best stories are the ones that are true. I left two different movies in the last month with the same sense of awe in what I had just seen retold. The two movies?

13 Hours – The tale of six brave men, in what seemed like a lost cause, protecting innocent civilians caught in a city-wide firefight in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

The Finest Hour – The story of 1952 US Coast Guard steerman Bernie Webber & three fellow guardsmen who race into a massive storm to save the more than 30 sailors caught inside the sinking stern of a ship split in two.

Both films were drastically different in their situations but shared what true courage is – understanding that your mission is more important than the fears and obstacles before you. Your current situation may not be the same life-and-death as the two incidents I just mentioned but the core principle applies to you just the same.

Your fears & the obstacles trying to stop you ARE NOT as important as the goals you’ve set. Honestly, it’s that simple.

Most times, our fears amount to nothing more than imaginary monsters under our bed that we’ve conjured up. Few times, those fears are actual obstacles. All times, the life you Compete for is more important than any one thing trying to stop you. Once you acknowledge this fact – even say it aloud that what you fear is less important than what you want – you find the courage to push forward and keep going.

Compete against the fears that compete against you. You have more important things to do than let them win.

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