The scene I saw in the trailer of frozen 2 mainly spoke one thing to me. Courage. It starts with gigantic waves of the ocean violently roaring. Elsa is at the beach. Slightly hesitant, but gathers up her guts and runs towards the ocean. The waves are quite terrifying, but she moves regardless.
She moves towards the ocean, towards the waves and does something incredible. Something that may not even have crossed your mind. She does not use a submarine. She does not use a boat like Moana. She does not swim like Ariel. She does the unthinkable. She runs on water. She understands her uniqueness and uses it to her advantage.
At the beginning, you’ll note that she was a bit hesitant, but gathered up her courage and moved with speed. Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to overcome it, even if it’s there. Never wait for feelings to be right. It may never happen and you will never get anything done. Move by faith and nothing will be impossible. You will never do anything great if you are always giving in to fear.
I love the slogan that nike uses. “Just do it”. This really makes sense especially when looked at with the 5 second rule which states that if you don’t do anything within the first 5 seconds of thinking it, you will most likely end up not doing it. This is because your brain will have thought of too many things that could go wrong, feeding your fear which will in turn immobilize you. Analysis paralysis. That will be the effect. I saw people asking: How to ask someone to be your Valentine? It’s not rocket-science. The answer is, Just do it!
Another thing that channels up your courage is the revelation and knowing of the God that has your back. David understood this.
1 Samuel 17:45: ” Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (KJV)
And later on, David did not just walk towards Goliath. Just like Elsa towards the waves, He ran!
1 Samuel 17:48: “And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” (KJV)
He did not think too much. He just did it! The more you hesitate, the more you give the devil time to feed your doubts. Do not give him space. David had a revelation of who had his back. Eliab looked at the size of Goliath and compared goliath to himself. He backed away. David looked at Goliath and compared him to the size of God.
David also had another thing in his arsenal to leverage his courage. He used things he had tried before.
1 Samuel 17:39: “And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” (KJV)
He did not take up the battle armor offered by Saul. It is implicit that he had experience with a sling. He had proved it. And that is what he used and excelled with. Elsa was a master at the craft of ice. She did not try to swim like Ariel. Implement the use of tried things to foster your courage.
In a nutshell, among many other methods to build your courage and faith, we can see at least 3 things that take you there:
- The revelation of the God that has your back
- The use of tried things
- Just do it