Eps 54: The Potential Impact Of Courage

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Pick an area of your life, perhaps your intimate relationship, your career, your relationship with your children, or your spiritual practice. For instance, you are currently doing something to earn a living. Where do your fears stop you from making a larger contribution to mankind? If you were absolutely fearless, would you be living and contributing in exactly the same way as you are now? Your edge is where you stop short, or where you compromise your fullest Warrior gift, and, instead, cater to your fears.

There is a difference between working hard and living your edge. You can work hard, be financially secure and comfortable but you might not be really living your purpose. You might have never asked yourself how you can contribute your gifts best to the lessening of the suffering in the world. In that case you want to make some space for those questions. If you would be without fear or greed (which is fear too) you would do what is needed.

Have you ever had that experience where you suddenly realize that the possibilities are limitless? And that if you want to contribute to something with your whole heart, body and mind you can? I remember the first time that it happened to me.

As an experiment imagine developing your courage, your generosity and your compassion for 30 years. And every day you would share these continuously developing virtues with the people around you. If only 5 people per day (a very, very conservative number) would be exposed to you that would already create 54.750 inspiring and healing moments. Some of them short, some of them longer. Now also imagine what would happen if you would consciously try to positively influence others more effectively, perhaps with the use of technology or otherwise.

In exactly 4 years (6 Nov 2010 – 6 Nov 2014) 229.581 people have visited this website and 44.822 people visited more than once and spend on average 2.09 minutes here. Of course I don’t know how profoundly these people were touched by what I write but at least 44.822 people thought is was good enough to come back at least once. That is about as much people as fit in the stadium that you see in the picture.

I am not good at math so I don’t know how to calculate the goodness one person can spread in a lifetime if he sets his mind to it and I don’t know how this will grow if like-minded souls decide to join forces but I think it will be an enormous number. And the good thing is: more goodness is always better than less goodness. Even if the number is not mind-blowing it still beat not trying at all.

Awakening our brave hearts and serving the whole as good as we can is the most meaningful thing we can do with our lives.


This is episode 54 in a series of 100 blog posts that will be published daily during the 100 Day Warrior, a unique program around physical strength, inner wisdom and meaning. All posts are written by Atalwin Pilon, founder of Basic Goodness and creator of the 100 Day Warrior. For requests for motivational speaking, in-company workshops, online coaching and mindfulness training click here. If you would like to join our international community of brave and inspiring human beings or just follow this blog and receive updates, please click here or sign up on the right side of the page. Atalwin specializes in coachingsmart and creative people, both groups and individuals. If you are interested in a free coaching session click here.

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