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Once you cultivate courage, other positive states of mind co-occur. They include awareness, alertness, confidence, calmness, creativity, and enthusiasm. no wonder, courage is an essential state of mind for success in all things you do.
Courage to do “the big things” begins with the courage to change yourself. As courage is a personal state of mind, and you have control over it.
Train then for the courage to think and do.
But, first, you need to be willing to identify the core of the problem causing your lack of courage and also to embrace personal change. The process may be painful to you, but it’s necessary. For, living requires courage.
Things that Limit Your Courage
- Dwelling on a situation which you cannot take action now.
- Carrying possible future burdens that you may have or experiences instead of what you can do now.
- Basing the judgments about the potential future on past negative events, that is, what we have always been conditioned to believe.
- Listening to discouragement, from personal judgments or external influences.
- Resisting change and refusing to adapt to a new mindset.
The Courage You Didn’t Know You Need
- Having the courage to express yourself to others without fear.
- Finding the courage to quit harmful behaviours toward yourself or others.
- Developing the courage to reject beliefs which have been limiting you.
- Having the courage to recognize how events of your childhood are affecting your life now.
- Acquiring the courage needed to let go of people, situations, or things which are hindering your peace.
5 Ways to Cultivate Courage Daily
These are general tips on how to cultivate courage daily. You may apply them to fit your personal circumstances in any area of your life in need of courage. I hope you will be inspired to be courageous in all things. Especially, to face the future. It shall find you unafraid.
1. Get in Touch with the Now
Are you giving what you fear too much concentration? Well, you only need to deal with what needs to be dealt with now. Not thinking about the reactions, approval, or failure that will come, but instead focusing on doing it and accomplishing something.
To cultivate courage, train yourself to take unhurried and conscious actions. And using the energy you need at the moment so that when you need more, you are not weak and depleted of energy.
In an emergency life-threatening situation, people become automatically courageous because they have no time to think over the situation. They are living in the moment, because, the situation is a matter of survival.
2. Deliberate Actions and Habits
Courage begins with the conscious and unhurried actions of the little things. You’ll create a cumulative build-up of courageous actions. If you develop the courage of one thing, you are developing and increasing liability to courage in other things
Fear is linked to hurried choices and inconsideration. Fear causes impulsive and careless behaviour. Hence, to counter fear and pave way for courage, practice being deliberate in everyday small actions to create the habit. In doing so, it will be easy to deal with the bigger tasks which may seem daunting and of which you may lack the courage to do.
Your capacity to become courageous increases through practising and nurturing it. The way you can practice to sleep, eat, and travel to work with all your energy poured into the current action which you need to do.
3. Acknowledge What You Fear
Letting go of fear, nervousness or anxiety which are mental blocks to courage, can have amazing results. You can confront the tasks before you with courage, confidence, and enthusiasm.
However, letting go of the burden of negative emotions and thoughts requires effort. First, know what you need to let go of. Analyze your fear helps to cultivate courage.
What is your fear for? Fear is useless when you are only focusing on the fearful possibilities of the moment without intending to do something about it. If you don’t take action you may become overwhelmed and eventually give up.
So, either deal with the situation or accept it. Focus your attention on what you can do about it, instead of the frightful thoughts of what may or may not happen.
4. Concentrate on One Step
You fear when you focus on the negative sides of a situation at once. But in a real sense, you can conquer them one step at a time.
Take the first step. When you finish it, take the next. Give each action the time and energy it requires. Courage begins with that first step. Once you take it, the rest will be easy to do.
Make a conscious choice of daily actions and pay attention to them. This is always being conscious no matter what you are, what is going on around you and also being willing to face whatever the occasion brings.
In life, the unexpected is always happening.
Without a habit of concentration, you are easily thrown off guard during unexpected occurrences. Instead of aimless thought of fear, the person with a habit of concentrating thoughts will plan the proper thing to do.
It starts with being mindful of every action you do each day including eating, travelling and sleeping.
5. Plan the Required Action
Courage involves being thoughtful and considering your steps before taking them. No rush, but also not sluggishness. Rather making conscious choices in all things.
Therefore, building your courage. When facing a potential situation where you need courage, you must think clearly about the actions you are going to take before taking them. It’s such a courage boost.
Being easily upset, nervousness, impulsive and fearful lessens the discipline you need to accomplish the required task. Hence, practice mental control and conscious consideration to your actions.
Applying A Habit of Cultivating Courage
The pressures of everyday living and seeking a livelihood can make us do things without paying proper attention to them. Thus, courage should be a daily practice.
You may eat your breakfast hurriedly with the thought of being late for work. Yet, what you need is to eat calmly and enjoy the meal. If you train yourself to wake up every morning with the fear of being late for work and facing the wrath of the team, you will lack the courage to face them. Thus, you will be irritated by anyone who appears to be slowing you down at that time. You will likely experience anxiety and annoyance at every trivial obstacle.
Instead, you can aspire to do deliberate actions so you can have the courage to accomplish your routine with courage. You will put your energy into the action you are doing at the moment, instead of letting the mind wander to possible future negative results and losing your courage.
Be courageous. Life is for living. Keep living. Don’t give up.