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Calgary, Alberta – January 21, 2021

IF you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

- Harry Hoover

The most recent entries of The Huddle have provided insight on details that help pave the way for success.  Those details may not seem influential at the moment, but over time have a compounding effect and the potential to have a significant impact on our future.  Building good habits and staying disciplined in the process sets us up in the long run.  These actions allow us the potential to achieve great things in the weeks, months and years to come.  By establishing a strong foundation in the present, we are more likely to set ourselves up for success in the future.

Taking that first step can be a challenge, but there is one crucial piece of the puzzle to getting on the right track. That piece is courage.  Having the courage to take that first step is vital to our success.  That first step, as uncomfortable as it may be, is imperative for our growth as individuals.  Change can be difficult, and it takes courage to make these changes, even with the right mindset.  Often, doing what is necessary to help us on our path can be a challenge mentally, physically or both.  Will power and discipline are key ingredients, but without the courage to take action, the process towards our goals may never begin.

Courage is described as the triumph over fear.  But courage can be applied in many different forms throughout our daily lives, however small they may be.  It takes courage to push yourself in that extra set during training.  It takes courage when coming back from an injury to stay disciplined in rehabilitation, so you can return stronger than before.  It takes courage to have a tough conversation with the head coach of your team.  It takes courage to do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Whatever goals you have established for yourself, a process will be involved. This process will require necessary action.  Action may require change, and change can be a complicated process.  Have the courage to make those changes, and take the required “first-step” to put your plan into action.