Live a Life of Courage
article on Overcoming
, one of the solutions to overcoming
was to develop courage. For instance, if trying to conquer a particular
fear hasn't been working for you, then the idea is to work on
Contrary to what some may believe, courage is not a quality
you are, or are not, born with. It is one that can be cultivated and
Nor, does acquiring courage necessarily entail doing something
dramatic or astoundingly heroic. On a day-to-day basis many ordinary
uncommon courage to overcome both physical and psychological barriers
in order to achieve a variety of necessities and goals.
What then is courage?
Courage is the mental and emotional preparedness and ability
to deal with difficult, challenging, and sometimes seemingly impossible
circumstances. It is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger,
uncertainty, intimidation and other threats.
Why should we aspire to develop courage?
When we work to develop courage, we both empower ourselves
with the ability to confront problems head on, as well as, acquire the
required to deal with life's inevitable challenges. Courage is a
Indeed, when we build any muscle, we do so in order to build strength
At a time when many of us resort to harmful and counterproductive
substances to deal with problems, we would do better to rely upon a
healthy supply of courage.Undoubtedy, it is the wiser alternative.
In building strategies for living a more productive, happy and
meaningful life, developing courage is yet another way to take
responsibility for your state of mind, your circumstances and
As Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics,
"We must have courage to
bet on our ideas, to take the
calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life
is to be effective and bring happiness".
How to Develop Courage:
- Acknowledge and understand that it's not the
absence of fear.
Even the most courageous of us experience fear and trepidation.
John Wayne said: "Courage is being scared to death --
and saddling up anyway".
Ask any soldier or warrior who has had to
venture forth in battle. Few would deny feeling fear and uncertainty
- Muster up the willingness to do so.
Before you can acquire any habit, or character trait, you must have a
strong desire or willingness to do so. Contemplating the alternative,
which would be to live in fear or a position of great vulnerability,
should provide ample motivation.
- Read literature, the latest news, and watch
movies about tales of courage. Reading about the courageous
acts of others is very inspiring and offers examples for all of us. In
one of my favorite works of literature, Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, although very
ill equipped for it, sets forth to courageously right the wrongs of the
world. He faces scorn, ridicule and resistance at every turn, yet he
"One man scorned and
covered with scars still
strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars;
and the world was better for this". Don Quixote, de la Mancha
Likewise, you need not read much further than
stories from 9/11 to be moved and inspired. Consider the courage and
bravery of the ordinary men and women, the firefighters, the police and
all those who gave their lives to save others. Who can forget the
accounts of their honorable actions and how they didn't think twice
about consequences to themselves?
- Start small but start somewhere.
Venturing forth and stepping out of your
comfort zone can be daunting at first, so start out by doing
something small. Ask that cute girl, or guy, out for a coffee (or
herbal tea, juice, power shake). Sure it may be scary, but that's all
do it anyway. If you normally hold back and are afraid to speak up,
offer your opinion and suggestions at the next office meeting. It may
feel awkward at first, but know that it gets easier with
Slowly, but surely build up your courage by doing the
things you typically shy
away from. Building courage in this way can help you when it's time to
quit that job you are not suited for or leaving a relationship that
you've long since outgrown.
- Develop faith and confidence. A large
part of developing courage is having faith in
yourself, faith in a higher power and faith that things will work out.
This type of
confidence comes from maintaining a positive attitude and visualizing
a favorable outcome. A courageous mindset is the product of faith, self-confidence
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