They say that knowledge is power and, in this case, this statement is absolutely true. When you learn about something, you become more comfortable with the subject matter. When you become more comfortable, you become more confident. Confidence is the key to becoming a more courageous individual.
Think about the things that you fear the most. Why do you fear them? Again, let's think about public speaking. There are a lot of people in this world who do not like public speaking. In fact, they loathe speaking in front of large groups of people. When they stand up in front of large groups, they always get nervous and fear the worst. Their brains suddenly become wired to think irrational and illogical thoughts that wreak havoc on the rest of their system.
Public speaking, however, does not need to be feared. Courageous people take the time to learn about the things that they are most fearful of. Great public speakers are great not because they have a lot of courage, but because they have learned the tricks of the trade and are confident in their skills. Taking the time to learn more about what you fear the most will allow you to build confidence. In turn, you will be a more courageous and resilient person.
4. Learn How to Rebound From Failure
When it comes to being more courageous, facing your fears is not enough. While this is certainly important, it is also important to understand that you will face setbacks from time to time. You may try to face your fears and fail. Just because you fail doesn't mean that you should give up. You need to learn how to accept failure, as well as rebound from it accordingly.
Let's say that you have a fear of heights. Perhaps there is an occasion where you need to stand up on a ladder, high above the ground. You are petrified, but you do it. As you make your way up the ladder, you fall onto the ground. You vow never to climb another ladder again because you tried once and you failed.
The biggest mistake you can make is to try once, fail, and never try again. Many people shut the door on opportunity because they fear repeated failure. When it comes to being courageous, it is important that you face your fears and accept setbacks. Everyone is fearful of something and everyone has failed at something. It is ok to fail. Every failure is an opportunity to learn and to grow.
Even though you fell once while climbing the ladder, it is important that you recognize why you fell and try again. Just because you fell once does not mean that you are going to fall every time you try. It does not mean that you are a complete failure. It is a simple setback. It is important to analyze the situation and try again. The more you try, the better you will become. The more setbacks you overcome, the more confident you will be and the more courageous you will become.
Personal discipline is extremely important when it comes to becoming more courageous. As you face your fears, it important that you hold yourself accountable for stepping back up to the plate when you falter.
When it comes to being disciplined, you must understand what it is that you wish to achieve. What are you goals? Are you looking to become more comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people? Are you looking to overcome your fear of heights? Are you looking to become less fearful of taking chances? Are you seeking new opportunities? If you are looking to step out of your comfort zone, take more chances, and become more courageous, you need self-discipline.
Discipline is not only going to help you understand your goals, but it will help you achieve them. As you look to build your confidence and become a more courageous person, you are going to falter and face failure. You will, quite possibly, face adversity and opposition, as well. When it comes to being courageous, you need to learn how to stick up for what you believe in and proceed in light of setbacks. Discipline is going to help you stay on track towards achieving your goals, overcoming your fears, and becoming a more courageous individual.
2. Surround Yourself With Courageous People
One of the easiest ways to gain courage is to hang out with courageous people! They say that you are who you associate with. The more time you spend with people, the more your personality morphs into one. You tend to exhibit similar characteristics and share similar interests. If you are looking to become more courageous, what a better way to gain courage than to hang out with those who exude this asset?
When you associate with courageous people, you are more likely to pick up on their habits. You can learn from them and adopt their behaviors. You can observe how they go about their day to day and try to follow in their footsteps.
In addition to surrounding yourself with courageous people, it is important that you stand up for what you feel is right in the company of others. Even if the people that you stand next to are not the most courageous, there is always power in numbers. You are much stronger when you are backed by several other individuals than if you were to stand on your own.
While it is certainly important to surround yourself with courageous people, gain knowledge, maintain discipline in your approach, maintain your objectivity, and rebound efficiently from failure, courage has a lot to do with maintaining a positive attitude, as well. When it comes to building courage, never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
Let's discuss public speaking again. Public speaking is a great example of something that many people fear. Getting up in front of a crowd and proclaiming your views on a particular topic is no easy feat. The reality, however, is that the act of public speaking is not as bad as one typically tends to think. Most people fear rejection or embarrassment, not the actual act of public speaking, itself.
Often times, an individual will get up on stage in front of an audience and start to think really negative thoughts. 'What if I forget what I am supposed to say?' or 'I know they are going to judge me for what I am thinking, wearing, or believing'. These negative thoughts are toxic. The individual then focuses more on the negative thoughts than they do on the positive, which can be disastrous.
Focusing on the positive, on the other hand, can help banish those negative thoughts and erase any irrational fear. This will help you become stronger and more courageous over time.
While the Cowardly Lion was certainly a very sweet and kind character in the "Wizard of Oz," it was sad to see that he lacked the courage needed to live his life. He was always so afraid to make decisions and to do the things that he wanted to do to live a happy and fulfilled life over the course of his time with Dorothy.
Courage is a highly acclaimed personal attribute. It is the ability to go above and beyond the things that terrify someone. Courage is similar to bravery and is desired by many.
Not everyone is born with a high level of courage. In fact, there are many people who do not have the courage needed to overcome their fears. Even though a person is not always born with courage, they can certainly do things to become more courageous throughout their lifetime.
So, how do you develop courage? Courage can be gained by taking small steps outside of your comfort zone. Trying new things, thinking positive thoughts, and spending time with people who are courageous are all great ways to develop this attribute over time. In addition, education is key. If there is something that scares you, learn about it. Take the time needed to research and understand the topic to dissipate some of those irrational thoughts that plague your mind and stifle your opportunity.
Learning how to face your fears and accepting the fact that you are scared is just one step in building courage. Learning how to rebound from failure is another. As you take chances and slowly step out of your comfort zone, it is important to remember that courage is not something that you will attain overnight. Rather, becoming more courageous is a life-long journey that will certainly be worth every step.