The difference between the hero and the coward, as Chatri Sityodtong says, is what each does with his fear. Thrust into fearful situations – what do you do with fear?
IN EACH OF US IS A HERO & A COWARD
We all battle the same emotions. You’ve felt anger, stress, fear, and all of those terrible, crushing feelings and so, in fact, has everyone else. Actually, chances are quite good that every single human being since the dawn of human existence has had to deal with those exact same emotions (unless you’re a psychopath).
This shared trait is a sobering thought. Why? Because it means that your problems are not unique. If you’ve pushed through this difficult challenge to come out victorious on the other end, what’s there to say that I couldn’t do the same? Just as you and I are equals, so are our problems.
Which leads to some very excellent news:
“If fear has been overcome, it can be overcome again.”
All you need is to find the method. Here’s some motivation from Evolve MMA to get you on your feet, then we’ll get into the method:
A HERO AND A COWARD
HEROES BEGET HEROES
How can we conquer fear and become a hero? By having a hero in the first place.
As Seneca the Younger said:
“Without a ruler to do it against, you cannot make the crooked straight.”
Our hero is that ruler and we are what’s crooked. By having a hero, you have someone to revere and, more importantly, to emulate. In every situation you encounter in your life, you can think, “What would [insert hero] do?”
If you want to get more specific, you can ask yourself, “Has anyone encountered a situation like mine before? What did they do?” Like I said, your problems are not unique. Having difficulty with a job? Well, Thomas Edison’s entire factory burned down and what did he say to this?
“Although I am over 67 years old, I’ll start over again tomorrow.”
Whatever catastrophe you’re facing now, chances are that someone has faced and overcome something far, far worse. If you can find who did, you’ll find a method of overcoming your problem.
But what to do if no one else has overcome your conundrum? Perhaps, then, you can be the first – the hero whose accomplishments will be retold throughout the centuries.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.