Submitted for the approval of the Golden Rhino Society, I call this story "The Tale of the Unknown."
It's no accident that ghost stories, scary movies, and haunted houses are all about being in the dark. The dark is scary. But darkness is not just scary because it's night time and you know that devious deeds are going down. It's more about the fact that you can't see what's about to happen next.
Yes, it's harder to visually see at night, but the bigger issue is that life gets really scary when you don't know what will happen and you can't control it. The things we're scared of are so often tied up in knots with our fear of not knowing.
What are your biggest fears? Are you scared to dive into a career that's fueled by passion instead of the need for financial safety? To share your true feelings to someone you love? To stand up for yourself? To be alone?
If you dig in to any of your fears, to ask why you're scared and where it all began, you'll likely start worrying about what will happen before you even start, and promptly conjure up a game plan for how to avoid it instead of face it.
If you want to gain Courage, try to embrace your unknowns. Be in the dark. Courage often magically appears when you decide to experience whatever happens next—whether it's a happy sigh of relief, a ridiculous laughing fit, an ugly cry meltdown, or a mix of everything.
The key to Courage is your willingness to trust. Don't you want to see what could happen next?