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The Single Most Powerful Emotion

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
2 min read

Fear. The most toxic emotion that will not only affect your outlook of life, but will also impact on your actions and consequently the outcomes.

You must stare fear in the eye every single day by managing your state of mind.

You then replace fear with emotions, powerful emotions that will drive you and get you pumped to do what’s necessary.

Some powerful emotions could be:

  • Courage
  • Gratitude
  • Appreciation
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Focus

Out of these list, the single most powerful emotion of all is courage.

What I’ve learned about courage

There are many different quotes about courage. One that resonates with me most is this:

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

Here’s five principles of courage I’ve learned:

1. Courage is like a muscle

Every one has courage. Just like every one has muscles. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. The same is true of muscles. Just because I cannot do a single chin-up when I was in school doesn’t mean I don’t have the muscles. The muscles are there. Through the trainings I received, as well as my determination, I was able to pull the minimum required to achieve the highest standard.

2. Courage is doing something that scares you

Every new endeavor is scary, to a certain degree. If you’ve never jumped from the springboard into a pool that is 4.5m deep, you’ll be scared the very first time you did it. But once you have done it, you’d want to do it again. And with each jump, you build up your courage, just like how you build up your muscles.

3. Courage is the ability to act with uncertainties

You’ve heard about the VUCA world. Things are a lot more uncertain now more than before. And while security or certainty is a primary human need, we must develop the courage to act despite the uncertainties ahead. Which is why I wrote this quote to remind myself when I started on my entrepreneurial journey.

4. Courage is about doing the right thing

If you are planning a heist, you’d better be courageous. But at the end of the day, you’ll have to face the judgement. Courage is about doing the right thing. In other words, is to make a positive contribution to the world and to mankind. In short, it is about loving each other.

5. Courage is knowing that God is for you

If you do the right thing, which is in alignment to God’s will, then God is for you. And if God is for you, who can be against you?

Things I need more courage

Right now, here’s a list of things that I need more courage:

  • Convert my training materials into ebooks and put it up for sale
  • Convert my trainings into online learning courses and put it up for sale
  • Set up a donation page for the book that I’m self-publishing
  • Launch podcasts for my personal site, as well as my businesses

What about you? What are some areas that you need to work on to be more courageous?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.