How To Build The Courage You Need To Succeed

Build  Courage

Just like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, I´m convinced you have more courage than you probably think you do. Maybe you find it really hard to talk to strangers. Are afraid of what someone will say or do if you ask them to stop talking during a movie. Get super scared when it comes to stepping outside what generally feels comfortable when it comes to trying something new.

On the other hand, I´m equally convinced that if a wicked witch threatened you or your friends, you´d have what it takes to step up to the challenge! 

In real life, you have a choice…

Wait for a crisis that will bring out the lion in you OR get a head start by practicing the habits I´m going to share with you here to build up (and flex!) your courage muscle.

Three simple steps are all it takes to help you overcome the doubts and fears that keep getting in the way of you fulfilling your most heart-felt dreams and aspirations.

Courage Building Step #1: Face Your Fears

Reframe The Situation

The words you choose to describe an event can have a profound effect on how you feel about it. View challenges as opportunities and try to avoid exaggerating negative consequences. When you're stuck in a long line, think of it as a chance to catch up on reading the news.

Evaluate Inaction

It's natural to want to run away from the things that scare you, but avoidance comes at a high cost. You might lose a friend because you sidestep a sensitive conversation where you could work out your differences.

Manage Stress

Maybe you're not even sure about the source of your fears. Dealing with daily stress reduces your anxiety levels, so find relaxation practices that work for you such as meditation or listening to music.

Seek Support

Did you know that asking for help can be a sign of courage? Reach out to loved ones, a coach or a professional counselor if you need help. There´s no shame in that.  It´s actually a sign of strength because it shows you know what you want and are willing to do what it takes to get it.

Start Small

Major undertakings become less overwhelming when you break them down into more manageable parts. Work your way up to asking your boss for a raise by being more assertive in situations where you have less at stake. 

Courage building step #2: Strengthen Your Purpose

Dream Big

Courage expands your vision. Imagine what you would do if you could set aside those limiting beliefs that keep dragging you down. Find something that you value more than your pride or comfort.

Clarify Your Goals

To get tangible results, it’s crucial to translate your vision into a practical plan of action. Identify exactly what you're going to do.

Create A Timeline

You're more likely to stay on track if you decide what actions you will complete today or by the end of the month. Deadlines increase accountability.

Keep A Journal

Put your plan into writing and post it someplace where you can see it. That way it will stay fresh in your mind.

Courage building step #3: confidence creation

Think Positive

Focus on what you have to gain. Use your self-talk to give yourself reassurance and encouragement. Identify areas where you want to make changes, and be willing to laugh at yourself.

Get Organized

Cleaning up your surroundings can make you feel more relaxed. Clear off your desk each evening and cut down on clutter at home.

Come Prepared

Doing your homework helps you to place more trust in your abilities. Research a company before going on a job interview or talk with a carpenter before tackling a home improvement project.

Stay Fit

Caring for your health and wellbeing is one way to value yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get adequate sleep and rest.

List Your Accomplishments

Boost your morale by reviewing your track record. Believe it or not, your past victories prove that you can succeed at future tasks.

Stretch Your Skills

You'll have more confidence in your abilities when you consistently work at increasing your competence. Take business courses online or study a foreign language. 

You can do this!

You can train yourself to be brave.

You can learn to master your fears and persistently break through challenges that get in your way.

This is YOUR time – your time to enjoy a more meaningful life.

Because that´s the ultimate reward of your building courage. And, if anyone deserves that reward, you do!

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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