“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear,
not absence of fear.”
Our eighth mission, Agents, is to confront fear, and unleash the power of our courage.
All the great surprises in store for us in our life exist in the realm of the unknown. And the unknown can be a truly terrifying place…
This is because each and every one of us possesses our own “comfort zone.” Our comfort zone is the place where we feel safe, far away from our fears. Our comfort zones even determine what we believe ourselves to be capable of.
Yet the perimeter of our comfort zones are actually defined by fear, and life does not allow us to live in our comfort zones for long. Like the shell of a hermit crab, we outgrow our comfort zones and must seek out more expanded, more beautiful versions of ourselves to live our lives fully.
Life inevitably challenges us: if fear overtakes us, we shrink into a shell that doesn’t quite fit us anymore, and our comfort zones become uncomfortable and unfulfilling.
But Agents, if we are able to respond with courage, we can enter into a space known as our “stretch zones,” a healthy place between the security of our old comforts and the fear of the unknown. When we are stretching ourselves in this place, we can experience the exhilaration of accomplishing more than we thought we were capable of, mastering our fears with the power of courage.
In the following video, Agents Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg will guide us through the mystery and science behind courage.