(A handout at the Lifestream Basic Seminar)
Why is it that most men's lives are controlled by small and petty circumstances? I am saddened as I watch people lose the good and the great things that are within their reach, that could be theirs with but a little act of courage.
The mediocre man, the average man, is the one I speak of here. He is the one who has so little self-esteem that he cannot trust his own thoughts and judgments, and who, in the final analysis, must rely on outside sources for his decisions. This is the man who is ruled by the mob, or who accepts all that he reads as the truth, and finally becomes like the mob. This is the man who has some degree of success, only when he is caught upon the crest of a wave that was generated by one of the few, exceptional self-directed individuals.
This is the man who has a positive attitude for that moment he is in the presence of positive individuals, but when left alone, falls to his negative knees. This is the man who sells his birthright and the commitment to his own thoughts for fear of what he thinks his neighbour might think. This is the man who stands tall as he is prompted by the actions of the mob, but is terrified of the silence of his own presence.
This is the man who follows and fears to lead. This is the man who hides his deeds in the cloak of nobility, since his dishonesty prevents him from dealing with truth and reality. This is the man who cries 'foul' when life has passed him by. This is the man who is ruled by circumstances.
Strong men create circumstances which serve their needs and desires. If you are a man of circumstance, the cure for this disease is courage.
Courage is the most beautiful of all human expressions. Courage, as I see it, is an act in the face of fear. We only need courage when we are afraid, which means that we need courage almost all of the time because we are afraid of something almost all of the time.
I have discovered that fear becomes a coward when faced with but a small act of courage, and further, that the muscle of courage will grow stronger with continued use.
My advice to myself is...Do those things which you fear and keep doing them until you are no longer afraid. Then you will become the master of your fate.
I have studied the deeds of men both great and small. In this study there appears to be many differences. But all the differences that count have one single thing at their base - Courage!
Courage is that one ingredient that separates the strong from the weak, the successful from the unsuccessful, and the great from the average. All the things you desire in life have one common handle that is made for the hand of the man of courage.
To be afraid is to be alive. To act against that fear is to be a Man!
Someone once said, "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees!
By William Penn Patrick, Founder a the MLM network marketing sales organization called Holiday Magic, which sold cosmetics in the early 70's.