Are your fears holding you back from living the life and having the business you dream of? Do you wish you could show more courage in your day-to-day dealings with others? Let’s look at how cultivating courage could change things for you.
What could you achieve if you had more courage? If you were able to show up as your authentic self for your business, how would things be different?
Could you post on social without fear of judgement from others? Close sales easily and effortlessly? Determine what tasks are vital to the growth of your business, and not just keeping you stuck in the land of ‘busy’…. 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. And this is something I know all about! Check out my story to learn why.
Without fear, there could be no bravery. So being courageous is largely about managing fear as best you can and still taking the best action available to you.
Courage Is Like A Psychological Muscle.
Being brave is similar to lifting weights. The more you participate, the easier it becomes. Alternatively, the more you’re willing to use and accept fear as an excuse not to move forward, the easier that path becomes. You get good at the things you practice regularly.
To start cultivating courage:
- Make a list of the things that you’re afraid to do but wish you weren’t. These can be things like sharing a selfie on social media, doing karaoke, starting your own business, or leaving a bad relationship.
- Now put that list in order from least fearful to most fearful.
- Begin at the top and work your way down.
These strategies will help you develop the courage to tackle your list and move on to even bigger things:
- Decide that you’re going to conquer 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. When you make a decision you are in control.
- Accept the fact that there will be some fear. Fear can frequently be decreased, but sometimes not completely eliminated. Remember that living courageously means dealing with some level of fear but going forward anyway.
- Develop the idea that fear isn’t a good excuse to avoid doing something. Unless you’re going to fall off a cliff, being afraid is an ineffective way of choosing your course of action.
- Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Many times your knee-jerk reaction is to feel fear in a given situation, but you might find out the worst that can happen isn’t that bad.
- Reward yourself. After you complete one of your list items, give yourself a treat. Be proud of yourself; you certainly earned it!
- Recognise that feelings of fear and excitement are very closely related. Is a rollercoaster exciting or scary? It’s a thin line for most people. Horror movies are a similar experience. The difference between excitement and terror can be difficult to ascertain.
- As mentioned above, if you get into the habit of not acting due to fear, continuing on that path only becomes easier.
- Try to start basing your decisions on what you’d like to have in your life, rather than on what you don’t want (the fear).
- Try telling yourself you’re just really excited the next time you take action to do something on your list.
Tools You Can Use When Cultivating Courage
Here are some great tools at your disposal to minimise your fear and have faith in yourself:
- Practicing your values and principles
- Reading/listening to audio books
You can live courageously. Put the above plan into action today. 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 the absence of fear. There’s no time like the present to cultivate your courage.
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