IntelliMen Challenge #9
Challenge: Be bold and courageous for a good cause.
Explanation: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Stop and think for a minute… How did it feel to do what you did? How does the memory of it make you feel, even today, after so many years have passed? Proud of yourself? Capable? Strong? Important? Like a valuable person? When we have the courage to do good, it makes us feel good about ourselves. Few things in life make a man more of a man than acts of bravery. While few things in life diminish a man more than cowardice.
Every day we have opportunities to be courageous or cowardly. We make big and small decisions which will affect our lives, as well as the lives of others. The sign of a true man is when he chooses the path of the brave.
In this challenge, identify something bold and courageous that you can do for a good cause. First, identify a good cause. Your family. Your faith. Your relationship. Your job. A needy person. A problem in society. An injustice. Your health. A friend. Something you know is wrong but nobody has the courage to do anything about. Your career. A fear. A trauma. Your church… Identify an area, a person, a situation, or a cause which is crying out for a hero to do something positive.
As soon as you identify the cause, identify a bold action that you can take for that cause. Then, summon your strength and courage, take the initiative, and do it!
Watch this video, it will inspire you. You might have already seen it, but this time pay close attention to what they do from 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video. Notice their determination, their firm steps, the rhythm in their stride, and how they do not look to the side, much less behind themselves. This is how it is in a moment of courage. Of course, before taking action we need to think. But in the moment of action, the time to think, hesitate, or analyze is over — it is now the time to proceed with full force and focus. Do this when you’re completing your task.
Notebook: Write at least a paragraph, a couple of lines, on how the experience was for you.
Official Partner: Ask your partner what he wrote in his Notebook, and share with him what you wrote in yours.
Deadline: You can begin to work on this task immediately and should be done before Challenge #10, which you should begin a week from today.
Post: After – and only after – you have completed the challenge, post a thought on how you’ll begin to look for ways to be more courageous from now on. Post it on the IntelliMenWorld Facebook or Twitter page, (not on your own page) and write the following:
IntelliMen Challenge #9 done: A way that I can be more courageous is… (add your comment.)
☐ I watched the video
☐ I did something bold and courageous for a good cause
☐ I wrote it down in my Notebook
☐ I spoke to my Partner about the challenge
☐ I posted it on Facebook/Twitter
Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – God, to Joshua (1:9)