Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish then with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.