If you take a look at all the people you admire – the ones who are successful, who live life to the fullest, who get things done – they all have one thing in common, and that is courage. Many may think that courage only comes to play when doing something extreme, like jumping out of an airplane, or quitting a stable job to travel the world. It’s not, though. You may not know it, but you and the people around you are displaying courage in your own little ways, such as getting out of bed in the morning even in the face of depression, or facing someone you’ve wronged.
What we’re trying to say is everyone has courage. Some may have a little bit, while others may have more than fair share. But it’s there. And it’s really just a matter of learning how to harness the courage that’s already existing and make it work for you. Here’s how:
1. Know that it’s perfectly normal to doubt oneself.
It’s human nature. What you need to really understand is that doubting yourself does not in any way mean that you lack courage. It just means that you don’t have the facts or the salient experience to predict a sure outcome; hence, why you feel some trepidation. Self-doubt will always try to deter you, so being aware that it’s there and it will rear its ugly head no matter what will make it easier to ignore.
If you know something, chances are you won’t think twice about doing it. This is why you need to read and gain knowledge first. This will serve to build up your confidence and, subsequently, help you tackle the situation head on.
Apart from that, read books that inspire you. Fill your social media feeds with motivational snippets. This constant stream of positive words will do wonders in boosting your courage.
3. Prepare yourself for the potential outcomes.
You probably know that daredevils can only do the crazy stunts that they do because they’ve had years and years of practice. Again, you need to educate yourself and know the facts, so you don’t blindly walk into the situation that is scaring you. Ask yourself the question – “what’s the worst that’s going to happen?” Chances are it’s really not as bad as your scared self will have you think. So no matter what happens, know that it’s perfectly okay to fail. You can just dust yourself off and try again.
4. Face your fear.
Basically, you have to know what it is that you’re afraid of and look it in the eye. It is often this fear that tells us what we really want, so face it to know exactly what it’s trying to tell you. As Meg Cabot said, “courage is not an absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
5. Stop procrastinating and just do it.
If you keep putting things off over and over, chances are you’re never going to do the thing that you want to do. More often than not, you just have to take a leap of faith and just get it over with. You’ll be surprised to find that your courage has already taken over without you even noticing.