noun: the ability to do something that frightens one
Courage is something that everybody wants. Fear, no doubt, is something no one wants to encounter. Fear can interfere in every aspect of our life. It controls our sleep, stress levels, and many other things that make life worth living. Courage is like muscle. The more we exercise the stronger it gets. So exercise courage often by trying new things & facing new challenges. I’m not talking courage of public speaking or sky diving. I’m talking about courage that leads to self examination. Courage that can change lives and allows us to live according to our values & even our dreams. How about starting a business you always wanted? Ending a relationship or going deeper emotionally in your current one? Quitting your job for more exciting one? Admitting to mistakes? Sounds pretty scary- doesn’t it? You will definitely need courage if you want to stay committed to doing these things. No one was born with immunity to fear, and anyone can learn to rise above it. Fear can be a great motivator.
We all know that fear is a powerful emotion. Courage means being afraid & acting anyway. So exercise that muscle. Make it a habit. Courage is contagious. Learn to only listen to positive thoughts & discard all negative bias. Try not to hesitate or procrastinate. The longer you allow your brain to process new ideas, the more time you will have to panic & come up with excuses. If you’re struggling to get started, find a role model who can be your North Start. Someone who can guide you & be a constant reminder that it can be done.
Reconcile with your past. Accept your past no matter how ugly it was and leave it well- in the past. Don’t let your past dictate your future, but let it help you go where you want to be. Get outside of your comfort zone one step at a time. It might cause a temporary anxiety but it will be a great first step. In other words, fake it till you make it. You can trick your mind into confidence by pretending that you are confident.
Only by deciding not to let fear take over your life but dare you to try things that scare you, you can realize how capable & courageous you truly are. So how about today be a day to start something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Repeat it again tomorrow & day after that & day after that.
Each time your fear will be diluted of its power and your own capability will take over. Little more each time until you have new legs to walk on.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” —Nelson Mandela