How to be a Courageous Leader knowing everyone is watching

Do the right thing and lead to the PROMISE LAND

Written By Tracy Mock

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“Then Moses summoned Joshua. He said to him with all Israel watching, 

“Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that GOD promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. GOD is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.””

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:7-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This famous passage is a simple outline of what to expect in your leadership.

  1. Willing to do the task
  2. Know EVERYONE is watching 
  3. BE strong (body|mind|spirit)
  4. Take courage with you!
  5. Go to the promise
  6. Know God is going ahead of you
  7. He’s with you- 
  8. Will not let you down/He won’t abandon/leave you
  9. Don’t be intimidated
  10. Don’t worry!

Definition of Courageous: Not deterred by danger or pain. Courageous. Creating the ability to act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval. The act of being courageous is also called daring, audacity, boldness, grit, true grit, hardihood, heroism, and gallantry, among other things.

Courageous Leadership Characteristics

  • Authenticity
  • Authenticity is foundational to courageous leadership.
  • Know who you are.
  • Being authentic starts with knowing who you are and being in touch with yourself at the moment.
  • Be a compassionate leader.
  • Serve your team with being authentic. This does not mean expressing how you feel in a way that’s hurtful or judgemental.
  • Check-in with yourself and those around you.
  • Learn the art of surrendering and yielding to God.
  • Bring your whole self — even at work.
  • Trust yourself.

Resilience: Leadership can be challenging

Resilient people are aware of situations, their own emotional reactions, and the behavior of those around them. By remaining aware, resilient people can maintain control of a situation and think of new ways to tackle problems. Another characteristic of resilience is the understanding that life is full of challenges. King David had battle after battle and learned quickly to fight with the LORD on his side. Because of this:

  1. Taking out the enemy with a single stone
  2. Learned to care for sheep when no one was looking
  3. Wars Won
  4. When troubles came he learned to pour out his HEART to the LORD
  5. Know who the enemy is
  6. Developed Emotional Intelligence
  7. Self-Discipline

Examples of Commitment to being Couugious

  1. Moses: The courage to face the past
  2. David: The courage to face impossible situations
  3. Esther: The courage to take an immense risk
  4. Daniel: The courage to not give in

Courage is developed over time.

For some a lifetime.


David’s Couragious Warriors

8 These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite who was leader of the Three—the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle.

9 Next in rank among the there was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. 10 He killed the Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!

11 Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, 12, but Shammah[e] held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

15 David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” 16 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. 17 “The Lordforbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men[f] who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.

Courageous people do feel fear, but they are able to manage and overcome their fear so it does not stop them taking action. They often use the fear to ensure that they are not overly confident and that they take the appropriate actions.


Use the Holy Spirit as your guide. Know there is always a counterfeit of everything significant. The enemy wants to distract and confuse you with a half-truth. Seemingly to appear as a better plan. I call this the world system or worldly ‘New Age Spiritual Courage’. Implying a human’s selfish strength and determination. This is powered by one’s sense of Survival, Self-Preservation, and Self-Protection. Nothing close to God’s plan for your life. Be aware at all times. When situations deem too good to be true likely it is. Turn around and MOVE UNWAVERINGLY.

It takes Moral Courage

Moral Courage thrives on empathy and compassion, the ability to understand the needs and her two brothers. Thus, the best way to develop moral courage is through the offering of regular service to others. When you walk with people face-to-face, you have the courage not to turn away and fight for them. 

Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear

– Mark Twain


Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, including fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to oneself. The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to a confrontation with or escapes from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis. 

Fear is closely related to the emotion anxiety, which occurs as the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.

[1] The fear response serves survival by engendering appropriate behavioral responses, so it has been preserved throughout evolution.

[2] Sociological and organizational research also suggests individuals’ fears are not solely dependent on their nature but are also shaped by their social relations and culture, which guide their understanding of when and how much fear to feel. 

How do you develop a fear resistant mindset?

Not all fears are created equal. Some are schooling you, others are useless fears that you can’t or shouldn’t do anything about. They paralyze your for no reason, and you should put those fears in their place. 

  1. Ask yourself should I take action to solve the fear?
  2. Worrying about a catastrophic event falls into this category.
  3. Remind yourself that fear can harm you 
  4. Awareness of one’s fear could be fight or flight or freeze responses. 
  5. Remember that fear it’s simply emotion to enlarge your comfort zone
  6. Make your brain work. Do something to engage your cognition
  7. Fear setting.  
  8. Name  your fears
  9. Meditate
  10. Breathe work. 
  11. Practice mindfulness

Once we learn the process of expanding our fears and putting them in their place. We then can begin the work that we are called to do. we can then  use our voice to set the  trajectory of the area we have influence over. We can move on and move into being courageous and begin the forward motion.

What is Courage?

Courage, bravery, and valor refer to qualities of spirit and conduct. Courage permits one to face extreme dangers and difficulties without fear: to take (or lose) courage. Bravery implies true courage with daring and an intrepid boldness: bravery in a battle.


How to Recover After HIGH IMPACT


Recovery is just as important as the learned process of fear setting and doing a courageous Act. I had a few years of my life where things were growing. The business had been going well for a long time.  Then suddenly my body started to experience headaches back pain and my fingers going numb. I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment. She asked about my history what was going on. I learned that day that my body even though things were proficient that stress good and bad stress or still stressors to your body.  It affected me greatly. I was unable to sleep or even move from the pain. This set back in my body lasted weeks to get me better and shut everything down until I got fully recovered. 

Self care  is just as important so you stay healthy long-term

Family First

 If I don’t keep my family first, someone else will. You only get one chance at being a husband or wife in a mother if you have children. Create memories in adventures on purpose.  Our favorite thing to do as a family is to go to the national park and ride bikes. If we’re not riding bikes we love to take hikes and point out everything that specials along the way.

Scheduling Rest

Our calendars can get it filled quickly with other people’s  ideas of how to use my time.  Learning to say ‘no’ as a leader and valuing your time is just as important as being with people.

What’s your reset? 

I’ve learned my reset is being in a kayak or a minimum of two and a half hours on a sunny day that feels like I’ve had a massage.  Scheduling a time to have coffee with family and friends that fill me up and cheer me on. Knowing they will be fully present with our time and believe in me. This sort of experience can go far.

Learn to hold your peace

 Let’s be honest every season seems to have its ups and downs. It’s not if the storm it’s more like when there is a storm.   

Who’s talking?

Choosing to allow in what other people say about me about my family about my situation.  If I were to look back in my history at someone screaming the loudest, it was usually the one to 3%. So don’t write history off someone who is a minority and not a majority. 

Who’s on your team?

 Knowing the personality of your team and believing in them and the process is equally important when you’re doing something brave.  Over the years It has been said we repeat what we do not repair. Take time to assess your team, know their weaknesses, know their strengths and learn to work together.  Take the time to repair the foundation of you and your team.

 Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day-

FEED YOUR MIND THE WORD – Fix your thoughts on Courage

1 Chronicles 28:20

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Deuteronomy 31:6-8

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.  The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Isaiah 54:4

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise— in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

Joshua 1:9-11

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.”  So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:  “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land, the LORD your God is giving you for your own.”

Isaiah 41:10-13

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.  Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 23:1-4

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Mark 5:36

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Philippians 1:28

Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

Psalm 112:7

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

Joshua 1:6

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Psalm 31:24

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Famous Quotes on Courage

“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.” 

~ Warren Wiersbe

“Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty.” 

~ Hosea Ballou

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” 

~ Billy Graham

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Mother Teresa

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'” ~ Billy Graham

“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault-finding.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

“Nothing but encouragement can come to us as we dwell upon the faithful dealing of our Heavenly Father in centuries gone by. Faith in God has not saved people from hardships and trials, but it has enabled them to bear tribulations courageously and to emerge victoriously.” ~ Lee Roberson

“Never let us be discouraged with ourselves. It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked; on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light; and let us remember, for our consolation, that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them.” ~ Francois Fenelon


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