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"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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I am very pleased to finally release this new motivational wallpaper to the gallery today. It's entitled "Courage", making it my sixth new wallpaper for the year and 106th overall.

Courage is often associated with bravery and heroic acts, which is usually seen through an outward form of action. How strange is it then that the most important battlefield to conquer is on the inside.

Courage can be defined as the ability to confront fear, pain, risk, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. The items on that list could easily be categorized as inward or outward forces, depending on the situation.

I believe that the last item in that group - intimidation - is probably the most extreme of them all. Why do I say this? Because intimidation is a force that is on the offensive. In the realm of the psychological - it's a violent mental attack. The others still exist, but they are merely obstacles you run into along the way.

However, intimidation is more of an offensive entity moving towards you, whether you take action or not. Its goal is to pressure and frighten. When others are trying to intimidate you, you have to defend yourself. To do this, oddly enough, you need to defend yourself mentally by way of ignoring the negative message completely and block it out. The key to doing this though, is to focus solely on something else that reinforces the positive benefits of the goal you are trying to achieve. If an idea can't wedge it's way inside your mind, it's powerless to create fear and influence you.

One positive aspect about intimidation is that it forces you to make a decision. You will either summon up the courage it takes and attack back by blocking the negative thoughts from entering your mind and influence your beliefs; or you will give up, run away, hide, or submit. Either way, you will be forced to take action. Hopefully you will choose the former.

If you can overcome intimidation that tries to stop you on your path in life, then pain, risk, and uncertainty won't have a chance to stop you either. Win that battle in your mind to build courage, and use it to stay on your path until you reach the end!
- Original blog entry from 05.20.2011

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