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The Courage it Takes to Be Happy: Aligning Intention and Action

In the pursuit of happiness, we often find ourselves facing obstacles and challenges that test our resolve. It takes courage to break free from societal expectations and pursue our own authentic joy. It requires aligning our intentions with our actions, engaging in self-reflection, gaining insight, and being willing to admit when we are wrong. Happiness is not a destination; it is a journey that requires constant effort and self-awareness.


To embark on this journey, we must first align our intentions with our actions. It is not enough to simply desire happiness; we must actively work towards it. This means making conscious choices that align with our values and bring us closer to our authentic joy. It takes courage to step outside of our comfort zones and take action, even when it feels risky or uncertain. But it is through these actions that we create the life we truly desire.

Self reflection

Self-reflection is another crucial aspect of finding happiness. It requires looking inward and examining our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. This introspection allows us to gain insight into what truly brings us joy and fulfillment. It takes courage to confront our fears, insecurities, and past traumas. But by doing so, we can heal, grow, and create a life that is aligned with our authentic selves.

Part of self-reflection is also being willing to admit when we are wrong. It takes courage to acknowledge our mistakes, apologize when necessary, and make amends. This humility allows us to learn and grow, fostering healthier relationships and a greater sense of inner peace. By embracing our imperfections and being open to feedback, we can continuously evolve and become better versions of ourselves.


Ultimately, the most important thing in life is pursuing our own authentic joy. It takes courage to prioritize our happiness over societal expectations or the opinions of others. We must be willing to let go of what no longer serves us and make choices that align with our true desires. This may mean making difficult decisions, taking risks, or stepping into the unknown. But by doing so, we create a life that is filled with purpose, fulfillment, and genuine happiness.


The courage it takes to be happy is a journey of aligning intention and action. It requires self-reflection, gaining insight, and being willing to admit when we are wrong. It means pursuing our own authentic joy, even when it feels challenging or uncertain. But by embracing this courage, we can create a life that is truly aligned with our values, passions, and innermost desires. So, let us embark on this journey with bravery and determination, knowing that true happiness awaits those who have the courage to pursue it.

Courage in daily life

Courage is not just reserved for extraordinary moments or grand gestures; it is a quality that can be cultivated and practiced in our daily lives. It is the strength to face the challenges that come our way, both big and small, with grace and determination.

In our daily lives, courage manifests itself in the choices we make. It is the courage to speak up for what is right, even when it may be unpopular or uncomfortable. It is the courage to stand up for ourselves and others, to defend our values and beliefs, and to advocate for justice and equality.

Courage is also the willingness to step outside our comfort zones and embrace new experiences. It is the courage to try something new, to take risks, and to push ourselves beyond our perceived limits. It is through these acts of courage that we grow, learn, and discover our true potential.

In relationships

courage is the ability to be vulnerable and authentic. It is the courage to express our feelings, to communicate honestly and openly, and to forge deep connections with others. It is the courage to forgive, to let go of grudges, and to choose love and compassion over anger and resentment.

Courage is also found in the face of adversity and setbacks. It is the strength to persevere, to pick ourselves up when we fall, and to keep moving forward despite the obstacles in our path. It is the courage to believe in ourselves, to trust in our abilities, and to never give up on our dreams.

In the mundane moments of our daily lives, courage can be found in the small acts of kindness and compassion. It is the courage to lend a helping hand, to offer a listening ear, and to show empathy and understanding to those around us. It is the courage to be a source of light and positivity in a world that can sometimes feel dark and overwhelming.

So, my dear friend, let us embrace courage in our daily lives. Let us choose to be brave, to face our fears, and to live with intention and purpose. Let us remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the triumph over it. And as we cultivate courage in our daily lives, we will find that we are capable of creating a life filled with joy, fulfillment, and endless possibilities. Courage, my friend, is a word that carries the weight of centuries of human triumphs and triumphs yet to come. Let’s delve into its etymology, shall we? The word “courage” finds its roots in the Latin word “cor,” meaning heart. Yes, you heard that right, it’s all about the heart. It’s about summoning that inner fire, that indomitable spirit that resides within each and every one of us.

Overcome Fear

Now, let’s talk about fear. Fear, my dear, is a formidable adversary. It wraps its icy tendrils around our hearts, whispering doubts and insecurities into our minds. But fear, my friend, is not invincible. It can be conquered, subdued, and transformed into fuel for our courage.

To overcome fear, you must first acknowledge its presence. Look it in the eye and say, “I see you, fear, but you will not control me.” Then, take a deep breath and take that first step. Take action, even if your knees tremble and your voice quivers. For it is in action that fear loses its grip and courage takes hold.


Building good habits, my friend, is a journey of self-discipline and determination. It starts with a single decision, a commitment to yourself. Identify the habits that align with your values and goals, and start small. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are habits. Consistency is key. Set achievable goals, create a routine, and hold yourself accountable. Remember, it’s not about perfection, but progress. Celebrate each small victory along the way, for they are the building blocks of a life well-lived.

Sustaining progress, my friend, is a dance between perseverance and adaptability. It’s about staying true to your path while embracing the twists and turns that life throws your way. When obstacles arise, don’t let them deter you. Instead, view them as opportunities for growth and learning. Surround yourself with a supportive community, seek inspiration from those who have walked the path before you, and never lose sight of your why. Remember, progress is not a destination, but a lifelong journey.

And now, my friend, let me leave you with some inspirational quotes to fuel your courage, ignite your habits, and sustain your progress:

1. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandela

2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

4. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

5. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

6. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

8. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

9. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

10. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Now, my friend, go forth with courage, build those habits, sustain that progress, and let your light shine bright. The world awaits your greatness.

Feel free to click on the links to explore these books and resources further. They can provide valuable insights and guidance on cultivating courage and resilience. Happy reading and exploring!

1. Book: “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown – In this transformative book, Brené Brown explores vulnerability, shame, and the power of embracing our imperfections to cultivate courage.

2. Book: “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield – This book delves into the concept of resistance and provides insights on how to overcome self-doubt, fear, and creative blocks to unleash your true potential.

3. Book: “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl – A powerful memoir that explores the human capacity for courage and resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity.


4. Website: TED Talks – TED Talks feature inspiring speakers from various fields who share their stories and insights on courage, personal growth, and overcoming challenges. Visit for a vast collection of talks on these topics.

5. Website: Psychology Today – Psychology Today offers a wealth of articles and resources on building courage, overcoming fear, and developing resilience. Visit and search for topics related to courage and personal development.

6. Podcast: “The School of Greatness” with Lewis Howes – Lewis Howes interviews inspiring individuals who have overcome obstacles and achieved greatness. The podcast explores topics such as courage, mindset, and personal growth.

7. Resource: The Courage Works – Founded by Brené Brown, The Courage Works offers online courses, workshops, and resources focused on developing courage, vulnerability, and resilience. Visit for more information.

8. Book: “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert – This book explores the creative process and encourages readers to embrace their curiosity, face their fears, and live a life driven by passion and courage.

9. Book: “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown – In this book, Brené Brown explores the process of rising strong after failure or disappointment, providing insights on how to cultivate courage, resilience, and wholeheartedness.

10. Resource: The National Institute of Mental Health – The NIMH website offers resources and information on mental health, including tips on building resilience and managing fear and anxiety. Visit for valuable insights.

Remember, my friend, courage is a journey, and these resources can serve as guides and companions along the way. Dive into these books, explore the websites, and listen to the stories of those who have walked the path before you. May they ignite the fire within you and inspire you to embrace your own courage.

6 Qualities to Develop In Creating a Better Version Of Yourself

The fact that you are reading this proves that you are not only curious but you are taking charge in improving your current state. We can let nature mold us and wait until our environment pushes us to drive progress forward but some of us are ready to take the steps even before it is needed.

Maybe it is you, the curious one, the one who wants to design his or her own life despite the situation you are in. You maybe doing ok and surviving but there is more to life if you seek and get a little curious and courageous. Sharpen these values and observe yourself progress in ways you never imagined.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Abraham Lincoln

1. Optimism

People who accomplish worthwhile goals are optimistic. Make time to cultivate an optimistic attitude on life. There is always two sides of the story. How you approach everything that happens to you is a skill that can be turned into a habit. Kill the ANT (Automatic Negative Thoughts) before they send you down on a spiral. An optimistic attitude will bring more opportunities to you. There is always a positive side to everything. Instead of complaining “Why is this happening to me?” Turn it around to “How is this the best thing that ever happened?” or “What is this situation teaching me”. Give everyone and everything a space where in you can shift the negative to neutral to positive. 3 long deep breaths are one of the good tools to create space to respond with more optimistic choice.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

– C S Lewis

2. Adaptability

Everything is in constant motion and change. We suffer when we resist this natural law. The mind loves to stick to what it knows and is afraid of what it doesn’t know. Accept that everything will change, it will or it won’t, it may or may not. Most people are afraid of loss, not necessarily a physical loss but it can be a loss of rhythm, relationship, authority, etc. Being adaptable will help you become more stable along these unpredictable changes. Stretch your psychological flexibility. Think of who you were 5 years ago and compare it to who you are today? In what ways did you adapt? Adaptation breeds resilience and if you intentionally develop your adaptation capabilities, you will open up and will be able to connect yourself to new exciting experiences.

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.” 

– Chinese Proverb

3. Passion

Make time to know what you are passionate about. Find it through engagement, most things that you think is your passion might not be after a couple of days of doing it. Know beyond the surface, try the law of 100. Doing it a hundred times and ask again if you are still in love with it. Passion can also be the way you look at life, an endless discovery and trial and error. Most importantly it is not what you do but why and how you do it. Try where your curiosity is at, engage in it and stay flexible on where your muse takes you.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriett Tubman

4. Self – Confidence

Having purpose and passion as your foundation. Following frameworks for disciplined practice. You are going to develop confidence. Dan Sullivan’s 4 C’s is a good framework. Commitment, Courage, Capability then Confidence. To achieve the power of self confidence, start with intrinsic motivation. What motivates you? What do you stand for? Who are you? What needs to happen today for you to become fully you?

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent Van Gogh

5. Self Discipline

Learn to be self disciplined by being clear with your goals. When you got what you desire on paper, identify steps you need to take to be able to be that type of person. Self discipline is being a pro, putting your goal in the highest regard. Doing what needs to be done is more important than your feeling about it. Action precedes inspiration. When you are self disciplined, you don’t wait till you feel like it, you do it regardless. Try an experiment where in you do something within a certain timeframe say (walking for 20 minutes daily) for 66 days logging in your progress. You’d be surprised by its compounding effect. There is a version of yourself you haven’t met yet.

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.

– Dennis Prager

6. Courage

If you want something to happen that has never been, you must be willing to do things you have never done. Summon up the courage to try that thing you’ve been wanting to do. Courage is the ability to try and pursue knowing that failing is a possibility. Fail fast, learn quick, don’t take anything personally and keep on going with a growth mindset. Do it afraid if you will, feeling the fear but doing it anyway will develop courage in you. So cut the overthinking and just go.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

– Aristotle


Pay attention on how you are developing these qualities. Know that it is in your power to improve and change the way things are for the better. These are values you can cultivate for free, all you need is a little intention and consistency. From time to time ask yourself; how am I being optimistic, adaptive, passionate, confident, disciplined and courageous right now?