5 Ways to be Courageous

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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.

Final words

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.


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  1. Sebastian Aiden Daniels

    2013-05-28 at 12:31 pm

    I agree with all of these things to be courageous. You need to understand that fear will be there and that what matters is pushing through it. If you have a phobia then you have to do exposure therapy. I agree that not attaching to results is very important, but by golly it is so darn difficult. Thanks for the post.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Sebastian,

      Yes indeed, fear is also a part of our lives, though some people are fearless! But for those of us who have our own set of fears, it makes sense to fight those fears by facing them,and be courageous enough to move ahead. I agree, it is difficult to not get affected by the results but that’s how it should be. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  2. Martin Cooney

    2013-01-29 at 10:26 am

    Beautifully said, Farouk.

    Most of us do certainly go through our lives with a certain amount of apprehension … call it a modest dose of fear or uncertainty.

    Certainly, gaining a better understanding of the situation helps. I heard once that despite the decision anyone makes in a situation, they’ll eventually be more than satisfied with the result anyway.

    Kinda makes the reason for being afraid a moot point, doesn’t it? 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Martin,

      Sorry for the late reply, though I’m glad am taking up these now 🙂

      We all do at some time or the other, and those fears are what actually hold us back from progressing further. Ah..some people are never satisfied, even if the decisions they make is in their favor, while some are content even if things don’t turn their way. I guess it all depends on the person and how they take things – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂


    2013-01-15 at 7:25 am


    Nice post.Every person is different. We can index many personalities who show success path by defensive and cautious steps similar to the way bold and courageous. Indeed, to me I would like to move any decision with more caution and analysis. The level of importance and depth depends on the need.

    But practically, there could be situations where we need to take bold decisions and should decide with courage. Every one will have that phase. I like the 1st point…understand your fear and your weakness and concentrate there. Thanks for sharing the post.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Manickam,

      Yes indeed, Farouk’s post surely was a nice one, and I’m glad you liked it too 🙂

      I agree, every person is different, and just like you, I too would rather move cautiously but surely before taking any bold step. However, to be courageous doesn’t mean that you cannot be cautious or practical about your approach – isn’t it? I guess it mainly means that we take the risks and move ahead with courage, and not just hold ourselves back.

      Sometimes we have to take bold or instant decisions that do require courage, or perhaps such decisions don’t give you much time to think, as then they would fall under taking cautious, sure, and bold decisions. If we can understand our fears and weaknesses and make an effort to work on them, we can achieve a lot and move ahead with courage.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  4. Annie André

    2013-01-14 at 3:08 pm

    Most people who meet me think I am outgoing, a risk taker and maybe even brave. What they don’t know is that I am an extremely shy and introverted person. I have been ever since I can remember and it was debilitating as a young girls. So much so that I HATED LUNCH. I hated going to school because i was always afraid to talk to anyone.

    When I was about 14, I went to live with my aunt in Montreal and I decided that I was going to fake being a “cool” person. for lack of a better word, thats what I actually said to myself.
    Result, I did something scary everyday and eventually, the things that scared me still scared me but they did not intimidate me or prevent me from living my life. In the end, i think it takes a lot of superior awareness and thoughtful action to be courageous. I once entered a pig calling contest to get over my fear of speaking in public but that is another story… :).

    Great Article Farouk. I’m sure it will in the least spread some light on how anyone can be more courageous.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Annie,

      Sorry for being late at this one, guess I’ll go ahead and reply to a few of the pending old guest posts 🙂

      Ah…that’s what we give others an impression of I think, because they don’t know the real us. While I was quite like you, but my Dad ensured that I didn’t remain like that and he would force us to go out and meet people and interact with them, or perhaps being from the Army, that’s how things normally work so he wanted to make sure those traits came into us too.

      I liked the way you challenged yourself to do something scary everyday, and that is what we would call taking the risks, another way to be courageous. I guess after your visit to your aunt you learnt to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise, yet not let them affect you. I wonder how and what pig calling contest must have been as it sounds interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences 🙂

  5. Tim

    2013-01-10 at 4:04 pm

    I agree, very very useful tips. sometimes we don’t even realize what we are afraid of. Only deep digging on your own mind can help you to figure out the problem! To be overemotional is too bad, in this way when you are 40 you will become a real nut…
    Thanks for the article, found it extremely informative!

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Sorry for the late reply, though I’m glad I stopped to check on these few older comments that I’ll take up now 🙂

      I agree with you there, we often don’t realize what we are scared of and tend to assume most of the things. Ah…I am overemotional in a lot of ways I would say, though still sane even though a little over 40 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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