To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery.
To remain on that path requires courage.
The bridge that merges the two is commitment.
Entrepreneur and I went to the Missouri Tigers game in Knoxville, Tennessee a few weeks ago. It was perfect football weather and we spent our tailgating hours on the Tennessee riverfront….with this view! The reflection of the bridge with the setting sun was too good a photo to pass up.
And it got me thinking about journeys and bridges….how excited do we get when we begin a journey towards a dream in life? We’re so full of optimism and hope as we explode out of the gate, we forget that most journeys are long-distance races and not sprints. All that bravery at embarking on a new direction can sometimes becomes a distant memory if it takes too long to achieve our goal.
Staying the course on the journey can be difficult. Soon, the road gets hard; there are detours and potholes. At times we may find we need to start over, which cause us to feel frustrated and disappointed. We can either muster up the courage to push through the rough times…or give up. It takes courage to stay the course and finish the journey, no matter how long it takes to achieve the dream.
Commitment. Many times, the difference between success and failure. The bridge between the bravado of embarking on a dream and the courage of staying the course during the difficult times is commitment. A concept that is sometimes very foreign in our immediate-gratification-everyone-gets-an-award society. One or two set backs and our psyche is probably still okay. Three setbacks and we may be getting a bit shaken. Four or more? We’re done. Right? Sometimes we expect to be awarded our dream without really wanting to do the hard work to get it. After all, we’re entitled to live our dream, aren’t we?
Whether it’s school, relationships or career, the bridge between bravery and courage is always commitment. Sometimes that can be a very looonnngggg bridge! But worth it if you are patience enough to figure out a way to the other side!