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TODAY’S STATEMENT OF STRENGTH

"Courage can be in the small choices that we make each day, in doing something despite being afraid of it.”

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi, John Maxwell here. Welcome to Minute with Maxwell. I'm not sure who said this quote, but it's good enough to be in our Minute with Maxwell statements of strength. Here it is: ‘Courage can be in the small choices that we make each day, in doing something despite being afraid of it.’ And I love this phrase, that courage can be in the small choices that we make each day. Because so many times, we save courage for what we call the big things, and I would just have you to know that we don't get courage for the big things until we have applied courage to the small stuff. It's kind of like the corny joke that I grew up with. And that was, you know, how do you eat an elephant? Well, one bite at a time, okay? And the tendency is for us to try to muster up big courage for big things, when we should just take bite-sized pieces and one step at a time to build our courage.

I was in Israel recently with some of my friends. It was a wonderful leadership tour trip, and we had a great time. And I shared with them the story of David and Goliath in the valley of Elah. And I taught with the valley behind them, so they could see that great visual. And of course, you all know the story of David and Goliath. He took on the big boy. But what gave David the courage to take on the big boy? Well, it's very simple. He said, ‘As I was out in the field watching the sheep, I killed a bear, I killed a lion. Now bring on the big boy.’ You see, David had to have courage for the bear, the lion, before he was able to have enough courage for the giant. So just take off the small stuff every day. Be courageous in the daily stuff, and you'll someday have the courage to handle the big boy.

Thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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