Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, „Get the hell out of my way, I‘ve got things to do.“
Courage, also refered to as bravery or valour, can be defined as the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.
In one of its earliest forms, the word courage also meant „To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.“ (Brené Brown, I Thought It Was Just Me)
All of which usually strikes some degree of fear.
Courage hence is not absence of fear, but resistance to or even mastery of fear. Which grows with the judgement that something else is more important to you than your fear is, thus your will to face the situation becomes stronger than the feeling of fear that holds you back.
Consequently, you don‘t have to be fearless to be brave!
Quite the reverse. As Ambrose Redmoon elaborates: „To take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.“
So let‘s be thankful for feeling afraid, for this is half of what it takes for acting courageous. ;)