Thursday, January 12, 2012

Finding the Courage to Try

Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
* Quote Correction: As it's hard to verify exactly where quotes originate, when I first found this quote online, it was attributed to Thomas S. Monson (he used it in a General Conference talk). My apologies to Mary for any mis-representation.

Running a marathon. Writing a book. Taking the Bar exam. Starting a business. Traveling the world. We all have something on our bucket list, something we want to accomplish, or something we are working towards. And often times, we don't succeed the first time. It takes courage to continue trying when we fail at something. It takes courage to try again when others tell us we can't. It takes courage to make our dreams come true.

There are always going to be oppositions in life. That won't change. How we deal with those oppositions will determine the outcome of our goals. If we give in to the challenges that will undoubtedly come our way, our goals and dreams get put on hold. Sometimes our self-esteem suffers. We might start doubting our abilities and our focus changes, unless we find the courage within us to try again.

Take on oppositions as a challenge. Take them on with courage and you will feel a new zest for achieving your goals. Don't listen to anyone who tells you it can't be done or that you will fail. The truth is, you might fail. But if you do, brush yourself off and try again. And again. And again..

Remember that anything is possible, especially in this day and age. Opportunity is at everyone's fingertips. The ingredient that is often missing is courage. It's scary to put yourself out there, to make things happen. But finding the courage to try and accomplish what you've set out to do can be empowering. And your success might rub off on someone else. Start with a small thought of ~ "I Can Do This!"~ and watch what happens.

Don't let anything get in your way. Don't let anyone get you down. And don't stop trying.

Courage To Try


  1. Yes, the courage to find solace in courage!

  2. 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Just try a different way.'

    It's a quote I have pinned to my writing desk.

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  4. Except Thomas Monson didn't say it he got it from a quote by Mary Anne Radmacher and now it's all over the place with his name on it

  5. This is Mary Anne Radmacher, the author of the poem, COURAGE, incorrectly attributed to President Monson. As an ethical man, I am sure he will want to remedy this misattribution. And as the author of the piece,
    and a working (living) artist, I will appreciate what you can do to not further the misrepresentation.

    1. I appreciate your comment, Mary, and apologize for any mis-representation. When I wrote this article, I googled the topic and this quote was on the list, attributed to Thomas S. Monson. How lucky are you to have been quoted by such a great man?!!

      I will make a correction in the article above. Also, I visited your sites and your work is beautiful.