Courage Is A Habit. Did you know that?
Today I have great news for you. In yesterday’s post, we talked a little about the relationship between courage and self-confidence. One aspect of that was that we can use courage and doing things that scare us a little to boost our feeling of self-worth and confidence. In other words, we can increase self-confidence by being courageous or doing something that takes a little courage more often.
Why is this such great news? Because courage is a habit. It’s something that’s completely in our control and a habit we can cultivate. All it takes is a little awareness and the drive to make it happen. We just need to get the ball rolling for a little while. Over the course of this 30-day challenge is a great time to do that. If you can take small steps towards courage every single day for the remainder of this challenge, you’ll be well on your way to creating this new positive habit.
It doesn’t have to be anything big. Small acts of courage will work just fine to build this habit. Remember that as you take each next step your self-confidence will increase. That bravery will make it easier to take another courageous move. Remember, it will become easier with each day as you practice this new habit.
You may be wondering how you can start to cultivate this new habit. Habits take practice so try not to let 24 hours go by without doing something that scares you.
We’re creatures of habit and comfort and we don’t like to venture outside of our comfort zone unless we’re forced to. To make courage a habit, you have to actively look for daily opportunities to practice.
What can you do to make that happen?
Make A List
Sit down right now and start making a list of things you can do to be courageous. Start by thinking of things that scare you or challenge you. Keep adding to this list as you go along. Refer back to it often and use the items on the list to keep you moving forward. These things don’t need to be monumental – like saving a kitty from a burning building – but, more along the lines of taking your kiddo out to the park where it might be a challenge to get her to swing, or go down the slide by herself.
Look For Opportunities To Be Courageous
Start paying attention as you go about your busy day. Get in the habit of not shying away from challenges but embracing them and doing things anyway. You’re probably encountering a lot more challenges throughout your day than you realize. Again, don’t say yes to something you know you can’t manage. The acts of micro-bravery will add up over time so you realize that you can do things.
Make Friends Who Will Challenge You
Step out of your comfort zone and make friends, or spend time with people who will challenge you. You can also encourage your loved ones to help you face your fears and step out of your area of comfort on a more regular basis. Ask for their assistance to help you fight the fear.
Get A Coach
Last but not least, you can get a coach. Find someone that can help you in the area you need help in. In life, business, sports or anything else you can think of, coaches are great at forcing you to test your limits, face your fears and help you to find your inner courage.
Please, I’d love to know what what acts of micro-bravery you are trying. Share in a comment about what you are willing to at least try.