Do you consider yourself brave with lots of courage or fearful? Courage requires a person to weigh their risk against the potential benefits of pursuing a goal and having a plan for how you want to achieve that goal. You build courage each time you choose to leave the safety of your comfort zone for the sake of something more important.
Here’s some ways you can be brave, not fearful:
• Speak Up – Don’t let fear of an awkward situation keep you silent. If there is something you feel is wrong, get the courage to speak up.
• Accept Yourself – Too often, our fear of being rejected and not fitting in keeps us from putting our authentic selves out there. No matter the situation, accept yourself and step out on faith.
• Risk Failure – Make a habit of trying things you’re not 100% sure you’ll succeed at, even when it’s as simple as sampling a new recipe or auditioning for a part at your community theater. It’s important to take risks.
• Say yes to you – Don’t let the fear of disappointing others keep you from doing what inspires you, whether that’s going back to school, getting into a relationship, or taking a daily run. On the other hand, it can be an act of courage to say no to an invitation or another request to volunteer at school.
As you can see, courage is something that can be developed. You can change how you experience fearful situations but remember to always speak up and don’t be afraid to take risks.