According to Ira Chalef, courage is the ability to step forward through fear. One of the manifestations of courage is pushing beyond your comfort zone.
I require every student in my social business and personal branding courses at The University of Nevada to make a brief "about me" video to post on their blog at the end of the semester. Considering how little guidance I give them, some of my students have produced impressive videos. Kendra Wilson's video busting the myths about snowskating is the best one I've seen so far.
But my favorite video was made by Caitlin Durkin. Before I even hit the "play" button, I knew it must have taken tremendous courage for Caitlin to make this video. She pushed WAY outside of her comfort zone to do this, and I admire and respect that kind of courage.
Sure, it's just a video, and not a perfect one at that. But I think it demonstrates that Caitlin understands that if she wants to have courage in the "big" things in her life and career, she has to find courage in the small, seemingly insignificant details of routine assignments. Caitlin could have sat at her kitchen table in front of a laptop and recorded a video that was "good enough." Instead, she took a one hour drive to the shores of Lake Tahoe and spent considerable time recording this video while strangers wandered by and stopped to watch what she was doing.
Caitlin flexed her courage muscle and gave herself permission to shoot for excellence. I am very, very proud of her. As you watch the video, please feel free to shout out loud "hell yes!"