Courage and Passion by M. Jasmyn Allen

If you’re planning to be successful in 2020, there are two essentials that must be part of your wardrobe: Courage and Passion!

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens you. It took courage for Martin Luther King Jr to be a voice protesting against segregation in America. It took courage for the group of 802 passengers to board the HMT Empire Windrush when it first launched in Germany in 1930 to embark on a journey to a country that was far from their native land. It took courage for David, son of Jesse, to stand up to Goliath and the Philistines. It took courage for Moses to get closer to a burning bush, when every fragment of his being was urging him to run away. Courage is like Clark Kent’s wardrobe change from the suit and tie to the blue, red and gold spandex onesie with a branded ‘C’ on your chest, and the only flight that you’re prepared to take is the one that will bring you face to face with your destiny.

Inside of each of us, there is a desire to do something great, but oftentimes this great idea is challenged and suppressed by fear. Psychologists define fear as an emotion that is induced by a perceived threat that causes a change in behaviour to either flee, freeze or attack. The Bible defines fear as a spirit in 2 Timothy 1:7, which states: “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” 

Courage requires us to have faith. We believe that God is our provider, but how many times are we afraid to step out and launch something if the financial resources are not in place? Remember, it was not until Abraham raised his knife to make the sacrifice of Isaac that the ram appeared in the bush, but fear will cause us to demand the visibility of the ram before we move in obedience. As believers, we must have complete trust in God.

Alongside courage, you will need passion to succeed. Passion is the intense desire you feel towards something. It is your Why? factor, and the fuel that will keep you going. Launching a new business – or stepping out in ministry – is not going to be a journey without challenges. At the start of a project, there is often great excitement, but as time progresses and things become business as usual, the momentum can easily begin to dwindle. If you are not careful, this can cause you to consider throwing in the towel. How many times have we found ourselves in an unfavourable situation, where we ask the questions: “Why am I doing this?” and “Why am I putting myself through this hassle?” Often, unless there is a good answer, there is a high probability that you will decide to quit. It is therefore very important for you to have a clear understanding from the outset, what your Why? factor is.

If 2020 is going to be the year that you step out, take charge and follow your dreams, then your next course of action is to develop a can-do-and-will-do-at-all-cost mindset. Proverbs 23:7 teaches that as a man thinks, then so is he. Just like you would visit the gym to shed excess weight and tone your muscles, you will need to embark on a ‘mind gym’ regime to get rid of the negative thoughts that are contrary to your growth. With a weight loss programme, you are conscious of the foods you consume because of their adverse effect on your weight loss goal. The same principle applies to your mind. To have a mind for success, you must be selective of the content you mentally consume. To help your journey towards a healthy mind, consider creating a mind diet plan, by preparing a series of affirmations you can recite for the next 90 days.

As a physical reminder to help keep you on track, also consider adding a splash of red to your wardrobe. Red represents courage and passion.  It also serves as a strong reminder of the great blood that Jesus Christ shed for us on Calvary, so that we can go forth and be all that God created us to be. 

Founder of SOIL: Step Out In Leadership

Author of SOIL: Step Out in Leadership Vision Journal (ISBN: 9780368063404)



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