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I Learned That Courage Was Not the Absence of Fear, but the Triumph Over It. The Brave Man Is Not He Who Does Not Feel Afraid, but He Who Conquers That Fear - Nelson Mandela

I Learned That Courage Was Not the Absence of Fear, but the Triumph Over It. The Brave Man Is Not He Who Does Not Feel Afraid, but He Who Conquers That Fear – Nelson Mandela

Someone once said that FEAR is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real, and I couldn’t help but think how true this is. Often, we allow fear to consume us. 

It’s time to say NO to fear. Our role is not to attempt to get rid of fear but to be courageous when we are afraid.

Nelson Mandela was a historic South African freedom fighter. He was jailed for 27 years during the apartheid (segregation) regime in South Africa, released and then elected to be the first black president of the country. He faced enormous trails, one of them being fear. The fear of the unknown. Was he ever going to leave prison? Will his young children remember him? Is the fight for freedom a lost cause?

These are the questions that went through his mind daily, yet, he chose to remain courageous.

You may not be Nelson Mandela in a prison cell waiting to be released, but you could be a prisoner to your own fears. 

Which fears are crippling your happiness?

Get a sheet of paper and do this:
1. Draw line down the middle.
2. On one side, write all the fears that are crippling your happiness.
3. On the other side, write a courageous statement like, “I forgive you for consuming my mind, but today I let you go.”
4. Read each line out loud.
5. Crumple the piece of paper and throw it in a fire.

You have just released your fears. Be courageous.

I Learned That Courage Was Not the Absence of Fear, but the Triumph Over It. The Brave Man Is Not He Who Does Not Feel Afraid, but He Who Conquers That Fear – Nelson Mandela
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About Greta Lamfel

Greta is the Founder of Healthy Living - She completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree with majors in Accounting and Internal Audit. She loves to inspire others and help them to live their best life. Her book titled When Life Falls Apart is one way she reaches people who need motivation. During her free time she enjoys traveling, writing, and researching.

3 comments

  1. Many times this device tries to control us but the courage and wisdom inside of us gives us the fierce lion or lioness inside of us to break down this device know that we are strong and able to move forward. Nice font on the posting.

  2. Great post, and Nelson is one of my role models. His story is inspirational. I like your concrete homework. I’m going to try it. Thanks!

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