Being courageous is a trait that is simply defined as the ability to overcome adversity.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courageous people do feel fear, but they are able to manage and overcome their fear so that it does not stop them from taking action. They are aware of the duality of human nature and this helps to accept things as they are. There is never anything definite when it comes to human nature.
Nobody is the same - Nobody acts the same - Nobody wants the exact same thing. Within each person, duality exists at many levels: Ego/Spirit, Feminine/Masculine, etc. When it comes to recognizing this duality, you can delve deeply into courage. Being courageous enough to accept who you are at this moment is liberating.
No one will have only one type of quality in their nature - and that is when duality comes into play. It's a balancing act in life. Maintaining the balance will help you move forward bravely.
What tools can you use to support you in keeping the balance?
Journaling is a tool that I use to keep the balance. To help you see yourself clearly, try to sit quietly in a place where you will not be disturbed and write in your journal. Do this every day, or at least once a week. Keeping a journal of how you demonstrate courage each day will help you see how brave you are.
Write down what you experience during the day positive or negative. What was your reaction? Where is this coming from - your compassionate and loving side or from the judgmental side?
Exercising your muscle of courage in your daily life, even in the face of adversity, nourishes you and keeps you on the path of courageous life.