The Inner Voice of Courage

What does it really mean to be courageous?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Glennon Doyle—best-selling author, activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising—describes the common misconception many leaders have regarding courage. 

“I don't know how we all got this idea that courage always means being afraid and doing it anyway,” says Glennon. “Being courageous isn't about doing or not doing a particular thing, it's about living a life of integrity—meaning integrated—so that your inner emotions, intuition, imagination and voice [are] integrated with your outer words and actions and values.”

Watch the video to learn more about the inner voice of courage.

I don't know how we all got this idea that courage always means being afraid and doing it anyway. What I tell my kids and myself is that courage is not being afraid and doing it anyway, courage is listening for that inner voice that is always telling you, "Do it or don't do it," that is always telling you the exact next precise right thing for you, and then speaking that voice on the outside.

So being courageous isn't about doing or not doing a particular thing, it's about living a life of integrity—meaning integrated—so that your inner emotions, intuition, imagination and voice is integrated with your outer words and actions and values. And that's why, the thing is that courage can't be judged by the outside, because sometimes, you can do something that the whole outer world judges as wimpy. But that's what your inner voice has told you to do, and sometimes that's even more courageous.

I don't know how many times I've been in situations where I have felt fear, felt anger and then because of what we're conditioned to do as women, just pressed it down and ignored it, ended up in a situation that was dangerous. Anger inside of women is often not a sign that there's something wrong with them, it's often a sign that there's something wrong out there. That they need to be a part of changing, for themselves, for their family, or the world, right? Because anger is actually a very effective fuel that has forever since the beginning of time been what gets stuff done down here, right? Which is why every single power structure will convince every single marginalized group, whether it's people of color, whether it's women, whoever it is, that they can't have their anger, because power knows that angry people make change.

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