I write this after learning of the death of Muhammad Ali. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, a decision that cost him his boxing title and years of income, and earned him much public scorn. That must have taken a lot of courage, to make that decision. It took even more courage for Ali to live with the ravages of Parkinson’s disease for 30 years.
We all need courage to face challenges in life—the big ones and the little ones. But where to find this wellspring of courage? I like this advice from the ancient advice of the Indian sage Patanjali, who said, “When you are inspired by some great purpose, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Here are some affirmations for finding courage:
- My fears are dissolving.
- I am ready for whatever today brings.
- I am not a worrier.
- I am bold and daring.
- Today, I take action.
- I am fearless.
- Challenges? They are my specialty!
- I believe I can do this.
- I radiate great courage.
- I am ready for bold adventures.
- I possess the strength to deal with this.
- I draw on strength from God for this.
- I am filled with endless possibilities.
- I am a person of great inner strength.
- I’ve moved past doubt and fear.
- I am unstoppable.