”Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.” (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 3.6)
Aristotle called courage one of the 4 moral virtues. For Aristotle, ”a moral virtue or arête is a quality or state of excellence in the human soul that leads to good actions and the ultimate fulfillment of the human life, namely, happiness or ‘eudaimonia’.This is acquired over time through practice and the conscious cultivation of good habits. Ultimately the acquisition of the many virtues leads to a strong and healthy character”.
(Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by J. A. K. Thomson. New York: Penguin, 1986 )
When embarking on a new challenge, we have to fight the fear and apprehension that pops up and keep moving forward. Sometimes this isn’t as simple as we’d like to think. Humans are experts at creating problems for themselves by overanalysing, procastinating, worrying and thinking in unhelpful ways.
I have been there too on many occassions but have since learnt helpful skills through my training and through personal experience.