Our Moral Compass: This Is Courage

“Language is courage; the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.”

-Salman Rushdie

As you already know there are countless languages that are spoken throughout the world. Spoken can mean either verbal or written. Each are different but once they are interpreted we find they all convey the same message. There is however one language that needs no interpretation at all. And that is the language of courage. As British Indian Novelist Salman Rushdie points out, our ability to conceive a thought, speak it and in doing so makes it true depicts that our ability to communicate is in fact courage.

We have more power over ourselves, our thoughts, our ability to say or not say something, than we realize. In essence we have to certain extents the ability to help shape and form our own reality if we choose to do so. It really doesn’t take much effort, if at all, to conceive a thought and quickly categorize it into what it is about, whether it is a positive or negative and if it is something that needs to be spoken either verbally or through written communication. Our abilities, our capabilities for that matter are limitless. If we continue to work towards successfully regulating our own thoughts and developing the courage within ourselves to speak up about those thoughts the closer we can all get towards becoming better communicators with one another. As Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-Fil-A Mark Miller once said “Communication is the oxygen of execution.” So let’s use the language of courage to do just that and choose to communicate with what truly is on our minds and within our hearts. As one of my grandmothers always told me, honesty is the best policy.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?

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