Do you want to be courageous? Courage is one of the most admired traits and one that can help you go through the life problems without being much affected emotionally.
When we see a brave hero in a movie, we might think that courage is all about going to war or saving people from being killed. However, the truth is that everyone can be a hero in his or her own world.
The mom who protects her kids is a hero, the guy who protects his dreams is a hero and the one who fights for what he believes in is a hero.
Some people think that courage has something to do with the genes. While the ability to worry or feel anxious can be connected to your brain chemistry, you can still learn how to develop courage and become among the bravest.
In this post I will tell you how to become really brave.
How to Be Courageous
There are five easy ways to be courageous.
1) Understand that fear and courage can coexist
A coward runs from a battle because he is scared while a brave man fights to the end even if he is scared.
The difference between courage and cowardliness is the ability to act with disregard to fear and not the ability to suppress fear altogether.
In other words, the more you understand fear the more courageous you will become.
2) Don’t run from your fears
Some people keep avoiding what they fear for the rest of their lives and that’s why they never become brave.
If you fear something then try to expose yourself to it (provided that it’s not harmful). If you fear cats, for example, then force yourself to get closer to them, or if you fear certain risks then get exposed to them more often.
The more you live with your fears the more you will get used to them and the more courageous you will become.
3) Educate yourself
Sometimes the main reason we feel afraid is that we lack important resources.
If you educate yourself and learn the skills you need on your way, you will experience less fear in your life.
It’s the same difference as that between a student who goes for an exam while being well prepared and the student who studies nothing then fears the exam.
The more you are prepared to face life, the less fear you will experience and the more courageous you will become.
4) Don’t become emotionally attached to what you have
The most powerful man on earth is the one who has nothing to lose.
The more you become attached to what you have the more you will be vulnerable to all life problems.
Stick to your dreams but don’t become attached to anything that you have simply because even if you lost your success you can rebuild it.
5) Take calculated risks
With each risk you take you will become braver and be more courageous.
Calculate your risks well and you will be able to take more risks without being hit hard. This will help you develop more courage.
Brave people feel afraid but they keep going forward, while cowards go back as soon as they feel afraid.
In order to succeed in life, you will have to take many risks and without enough courage you will live a terrible life, since fear will always cloud your mood.
Be brave, live to the fullest.
Over to you –
Are you courageous in dealing with life’s problems? What did you try or do to be courageous? Have you met any such problems in life? Do you agree with the ways to be courageous as mentioned here? Share in the comments below.
Photo Credit: Leonard John Matthews
Posted on: December 11th, 2012
Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2015