Develop More Courage

Are your fears holding you back from living the life you deserve? Do you wish you could show more courage in every area of your life?

Trust me, you are not the only one… 

If you had more courage, maybe you could ask for that promotion you’ve been waiting for, feel more confident in closing the next sale, or even invite the guy of your dreams to go out on a date! The possibilities are endless…

But what is courage, really? Courage is the ability to continue moving forward even in the face of challenge, adversity, and fear. Being courageous is all about managing your fear as good as you can and still take action.

Courage Is Like A Muscle.

Being brave is similar to lifting weights. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. You get good at the things you practice regularly…did you know that?!

There are ways to develop courage. Let me share at least one way here with you:

  • Start by making a list of the things that you’re afraid to do but wish you weren’t. These can be things like asking out the cute guy in the finance department, doing karaoke, starting your own business, or leaving a bad relationship.
  • Now put that list in order from least fearful to most fearful.

 

Now I’ll show you some strategies that will help you develop the courage you need to tackle your list:

  1. DECIDE that you’re going to take control of your fears. The simple act of making a decision means you’ve cut yourself off from all other possibilities. So declare to yourself that you’re going to tackle your fears one at a time.
  2. ACCEPT the fact that there will be some fear. Fear can always become less, but sometimes it can’t fully go away. Don’t worry about that. When you choose to be more courageous, it means that you’ll have to deal with some level of fear while going forward anyway.
  3. UNDERSTAND that fear isn’t a good excuse to avoid doing something. Unless you’re going to fall off a cliff, being afraid and following that fear is not the best way to choose your actions. If you get into the habit of not acting because of fear, it will only become easier.
  4. ASK yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Very often you feel the fear in a situation, but when you take some time to think about it you might find out that the worst that can happen isn’t even that bad.
  5. REWARD yourself. When you complete one of the things on your list, give yourself a treat. Be proud of yourself because you’ve definitely earned it!
  6. USE any other thing you can to minimize your fear and have faith in yourself. All kinds of things can help! Some suggestions are: meditation, therapy, practicing your values and principles, talking about it with others, prayer and even reading scriptures.

 When you put all this into action from today, you’ll notice a shift. The key is to start small and move forward from there. Remember that being courageous is all about taking action in spite of fear, not in the absence of fear.