To be successful, people must have courage. The courage to make important business decisions, take educated risks, along with acting on those big decisions in an effort to achieve your goals and objectives. Unfortunately, courage is a special human quality that’s becoming increasingly rare nowadays. For those unaware, there are two primary types of courage – physical and moral. Physical courage is having the ability to face serious risk to one’s life without fear, such as base-jumping, skydiving, etc. Moral courage is when your spirit faces danger, or other difficulties, and you do not flee or retreat from those concerns. In essence, courage is when you’re scared to death but you saddle up anyway for the challenge.
To me, this is why every successful person has courage. Not only have they learned how to control their fears to make important life changing decisions but also take action towards realizing their goals even against opposition. As we’re aware, one of the most greatest fears people are faced with is the fear of failing. Because of this, these individuals would prefer to not take any risk(s) at all. Instead, the fear of failing has become their largest impediment for achieving success.
So how do you overcome fear?
The first step is to recognize that the fear exist. Once the fear is recognized, the next steps would be to confront your fears with courage and commitment. To assist with this endeavor, people must first realize that the fear is derived from their own minds. Before your body experiences the fear, your brain tells you what to fear and the possible reasons why you should fear it. Once you understand this, then you could use courage and commitment to counteract the fear so that you could get things done.
For me, I remind myself that I’ve been in more difficult situations before and I’ve gotten stronger because of the challenges faced. Remember, the goal is not to conquer your fears but to embrace your fears. People must not only be aware of its presence but also recognize its symptoms, along with devoting yourself to mastering your fears.
Personally, I use several steps that gives me the courage to embrace my fears and succed:
- Wake up early and start moving – you’ll realize that life is going on all around us and by observing the world, you’ll put fear into it’s proper perspective.
- Exercise and get the blood flowing which would aid with replacing the fear hormones in your body with others that promote strength, power, etc.
- Learn to control your breathing which would help with calming yourself down should fear arise.
- Think positively and live in the present moment to prevent your mind from wandering to the future and worrying about things that may never occur.
- Believe in yourself and know that you could accomplish anything once you put your mind to it.
In the end, you’ll realize that if you take actions and complete the things that you previously thought were impossible, you’ll gain inner strength. Not only will your courage grow but also your hope, dignity, faith, etc. This in turn would provide you with the necessary courage to take on larger challenges and ultimately succeed!