Maya Angelou on Courage

maya angelou Courage is much on the mind of anyone who’s wanting to grow and change, because leaving your comfort zone requires a healthy dose of the lion’s heart. In fact, I’m often asked by coaching clients, “How do I find the courage?”

Maya Angelou gives the perfect answer in her recent interview with the Harvard Business Review. As she talks about her latest book, “Mom & Me & Mom,”  she explains how her mother helped her to learn courage:

“I realized that one isn’t born with courage. One develops it.

“And you develop it by doing small, courageous things, in the same way that one wouldn’t set out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice. If that was one’s aim, the person would be advised to pick up a five-pound bag, and then a ten-pound bag, and then a 20-pound bag, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to actually pick up 100 pounds. And that’s the same way with courage.

“You develop courage by doing courageous things, small things, but things that cost you some exertion–mental and, I suppose, spiritual exertion.”

What small courageous thing will you do today? And tomorrow? And the day after?

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