“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
From Invictus, a poem by William Ernest Henley
“Courage is the first of all human virtues because it makes all others possible.” Aristotle
Both in life and in our writing, courage is one quality we need to harvest our dreams and leap over whatever challenges we face. Dale Carnegie, the legendary motivational speaker and author of one of the world’s most popular self-help guides, How to Win Friends and Influence People, was a self-made man whose life-changing ideas are testimony to the transformative powers of faith and courage. Here is a mini essay he wrote that we may all find it helpful to ponder and apply:
“How To Have More Courage”
“Would you like to have more courage? Here are five short rules which, if you will follow them, I guarantee will increase your store of fortitude:
1. Act as if you were courageous. This makes you a bit braver, as if one side of yourself had been challenged and wished to show it was not wholly afraid.
2. Pause to reflect that others have had to face great discouragements and great obstacles and have overcome them. And what others have done, sure you can do.
3. Remember that your life forces move in a short of rhythm and that if you feel depressed and without the power to face life you may be at the bottom of the trough; if you will keep up your courage, you will probably swing out of it by the very forces which at the moment are sucking you down.
4. Remember you feel more defeated and downcast at night than during the daylight hours. Courage comes with the sun.
5. Courage is the measure of a big soul. Try to measure up.”
From Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook
May we captain our souls to safe, joyful harbors as we strive to live well and write on!