One of my assignments in life is to give you the tools and mindsets that you need to be an “outrageous” visionary! One of the most important attributes you will need on your journey is courage.
In our vision verse, as God is talking to Joshua, God commands him to be “strong and courageous.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
If Joshua were not facing the largest challenge of his life, there would be no reason for God to have to tell him to have courage. Courage is the weapon that is needed in order to fight fear. If you have not faced anything that is scary or too big for you to do alone, I encourage you to dream bigger. Most significant visions can’t be accomplished alone, and most are generally intimidating when you imagine attempting to accomplish them with your limited human frailty. But the same way God encouraged Joshua, I encourage you to be strong, be courageous. Courage is essential to the success of your dream. Courage is essential to accomplish vision. Therefore you must have the mental and moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulties. Courage requires having the mental stability needed to complete your assigned task.
Simply stated, “outrageous” visionaries are courageous people. They know that they have to see beyond the unknown and pursue the possibilities that are set before them. They are not ordinary; actually, they are extraordinary soldiers.
From a historical perspective, what would the world be like without the courage of great men and women who have prevailed in the attacks against them? History is replete with examples of individuals and groups who have stepped out of their comfort zone, faced their fears, and accomplished something courageous and thus ultimately transformational.
The “Little Rock Nine” courageously faced the hostile forces of racism when they integrated a previously all-Caucasian high school and became the first students of color to attend an integrated school. According to historic accounts, this was no small feat. These young people risked their lives to accomplish the dream of receiving a better education in a time in which the world was openly divided by race.
What society now takes for granted as socially and politically acceptable really began with a single act of courage.
“Outrageous” Visionaries know that they have to see beyond the unknown and pursue the possibilities that are set before them.