Just because your breath catches in your throat doesn’t mean stop.
Go forward. Take the next step. And the next. One at a time. Imagine dancing in your mind if your feet aren’t ready to dance yet. There isn’t courage if you haven’t felt the fear. Fear doesn’t mean you are wrong in going forward. It means you know you are up against something.–something big, known or unknown, but big—a challenge, a brick wall, a cliff, a dilemma with no clear answer, a situation that will break you, a disease that could kill you.
At least look at it sideways if you don’t have the guts to stare it down. Dare to look at your fears. They will be ugly, hideous, some big, some smaller than you thought. Some will stare back, and some will shrink, turn and slink off. Most will cower back but there will be some that will glower at you, and you will have to armored up, unsheathe your sword and one step forward and the next step forward. You will win. You will either go around, over, or through them. You may end up toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, in a draw. But, in the end, you will win even if you lose. You will win because you had Courage.