Have you ever wondered how you could be more courageous?
Have you ever wondered you could have the guts to take action in difficult situations or how you could become more at ease to take action when you should?
Most people would like to be more courageous at some point or another. Whether it is to make the first move on new people, to take control of their health, to build a solid business, and so on.
Courage is needed to take action in a variety of situations. And everybody needs it, since everybody is afraid at some point or another.
What sets apart the people who go for it from the others is their relationship to courage.
People who stand still and struggle to make progress in their life usually believe that they cannot become more courageous. They believe that their lack of courage is unchangeable. They believe that there’s nothing they can do about it.
As a result, they struggle to take action.
Because it seems so difficult, they tell themselves that they’re not built for it. They tell themselves that there should be another way.
And thus, they rarely take action in such a way as to grow and become stronger.
And it’s a pity, because those people could take action much more easily and with much more confidence if they understood that courage is something they can develop.
Because here is the thing:
Courage is like a muscle.
The more you train it, the bigger and stronger it becomes.
Which means that the more you take action in stressful and frightening situations, the more courageous you’ll become, and the more easily you’ll be able to take action in such situations in the future.
And like weight lifting, training yourself to being more courageous can take time.
You don’t become so strong that you can bench-press 300lbs after only a few months of practice. It usually takes some years of training.
To achieve this performance, you should start with lighter weights, and then progressively increase the load you’re benching, by adding more weight week after week.
Training yourself to be courageous follows the same principle:
It’s totally okay if you feel that for now you can’t take action in a lot of stressful and frightening situations.
In the same way you would train the muscles of your body, you should train regularly your courage muscle by taking action in more and more stressful and frightening situations.
By getting into the habit of taking action in stressful and frightening situations you’re faced with, your courage muscle is going to grow.
It will get bigger and bigger. Stronger and stronger. Day after day.
And you’ll find yourself able to take action in some situations you would have thought impossible to cope with a few months before.
But there’s more…
All of this is backed up by science:
When you take action in the face of fear, your body actually produces more testosterone.
In other word, you get bigger balls 😉
And you can naturally take action in situations that you would have found very stressful if you had had lower testosterone levels.
So get in the habit of taking action. Especially in stressful and frightening situations. Whether it is to talk to new people, to start a conversation with this person you find attractive, to stand up for yourself in a conversation, to do an extreme sport, to do something unusual that generates a bit of stress, and so on.
It can be anything. What matters is that it makes you feel a bit of stress.
Understand that you can be more courageous if you want to. It’s your job to do it. So go for it.
Jack Vitel – founder of RoadtoSolidity.com
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