Listen to your critics and learn what you can from them. But don’t let them dissuade you from what you know is best. A bright and shining vision has value only when you have the courage to follow it. When you know that it is the thing to do, then step up and do it. Pay attention to what others have to say, without becoming a slave to their opinions of you. Consider differing and diverse perspectives, while keeping the substance of your most deeply held values intact. Much of the effort of achievement is in keeping yourself focused. Choose to intentionally make that effort, to maintain that focus, and all the rest will more readily fall into place. Though the world may seem to be against you at times, keep in mind that you are working to make that world a better place. Start to show some progress, and others will soon be buying into your vision. Remember who you are, where you’ve come from, and the real value of what you have to offer. Then step forward, with renewed courage and commitment, and make it real.
Build your desire to make positive progress to the point where it is greater than your fear of a negative setback. Look at the fears, listen to them, learn from them, use them to prepare, and then move boldly forward to be the best you know you can be. You can transform problems into opportunities. You can move the situation forward though there seems to be no hope. Have the courage to do what you know is right, even if it is the more difficult and unpopular choice. Your courage will gain new strength each time it is exercised. That courage is not something that you must obtain or struggle to develop. Courage is a choice that can be yours the moment you decide to use it. When the goal is worthy and filled with meaning, the courage to reach it will be there. When your sense of purpose is strong and clear, your courage will be too. Courage is indeed a powerful way to live. And you can choose it every time.