Ten Ways To Be More Courageous
‘Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision’ Winston Churchill
Courage is a globally admired quality.
It is often thought of in terms of physical bravery however, as human beings we call upon this quality in both social and moral situations.
Courage is to be afraid and act anyway.
Courage is a quality that you can develop, a skill that can be learned. It’s not something you’re born with.
We need courage to stand up for ourselves, move jobs, in a business meeting, to talk to new people, to make the first move with someone that has caught your eye, to go to the gym for the first time. We use it in situations big and small in every day scenarios.
There is a famous quote about courage and one which inspires me daily…
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Here are ten ways for you to be more courageous…
- Use relaxation techniques — a short dosage of fear amps you up but too much leaves you trembling. Keep your physiological responses in check and keep calm. Meditation, breath work, muscle relaxation can all help
- Be vulnerable — it’s ok to be vulnerable. It’s a natural and totally ok way to feel. Embrace the fear!
- Build confidence — reward your success when you do deal with your fear. Not only this but having confidence not only in general but in yourself allows you to trust in your ability and prove you are more than your fears. Don’t let your fears, limitations or failures dictate who you are
- Admit you have fears and identify them — being able to admit and identify your fears gives you more information on how you need to overcome them
- Try not to hesitate — when you hesitate, your brain has longer to come up with excuses and the more you panic about potential and hypothetical negative outcomes.
- Attend to positive signals — many of us have a negative bias which means we give more of our attention to negativity than to positive reinforcement. Try and gently redirect your attention and mind to positive stimuli
- Learn to be mindful — being mindful is to be fully present in the current moment. Mindfulness can aid you brain in being able to deal with fear more effectively
- Reduce your stresses — it is common to experience fear because of stress and exhaustion. Eating well, sleeping, taking rests, exercise and generally looking after ourselves will enable you to be more courageous
- Notice how it feels when you do something you’re scared to do — you do this more than you think. Meaning you’re already braver than you think you are. When you realise this feeling, it will give you more confidence that you’ve already been courageous before… go on… do it again!
- Exercise it often. Courage is a habit and a muscle that you can exercise — the more we use it the stronger it gets. If you neglect it, it can become weak and difficult to fire up when it has been called to action
Don’t let fear that little voice on your shoulder telling you that you should be scared stop you.
You got this…