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Courage Is A Habit: Practice It Daily Until It Becomes The Norm

Three big obstacles

...  help people  get unstuck when building their bravery:

  1. Appreciating why stepping outside their comfort zone is so important to begin with (i.e. No clear or compelling why).
  2. Setting the intention to consciously and consistently practice acts of courage.
  3. Knowing which acts of courage to start with – after all, being brave isn’t always predictable or straight forward.

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Courage Is A Habit: Practice It Daily Until It Becomes The Norm

Courage Is A Habit: Practice It Daily Until It Becomes The Norm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2015/08/06/three-busy-proof-ways-to-becoming-braver-no-matter-how-timid-you-think-you-are/

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Your lack of courage may cost you

Our brains are wired to:

  • Discount the cost of inaction, 
  • Overestimate the probability of things going wrong and 
  • Underestimate ourselves.

However, researchers have found that bravery is a skill, and like all skills it can be learned, strengthened and mastered with repeated practice.

Bravery habits

  • Speaking Up: Every act of courage is about laying something you value on the line for something you value even more. Speaking bravely takes no less.
  • Making Big Requests: If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.
  • Confronting Long Held Fears: Most people suffer more from their imagination than they ever do reality.

Courage is like a muscle

The more we use it, the more courageous we become.

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Manipulate your thoughts

It doesn’t work to say to yourself, “I have to stop being afraid.”

  1. If you notice yourself having a thought that undermines your attempts at bravery, simply label it as such
Consider that your fear isn’t legitimate

Legitimate fear tends to make us want to get the heck out of whatever situation we are in.

Not-helpful fear makes us hesitate rather than bolt.

We are afraid of looking stupid, and so we don’t ask a burning question. We fear failing, and so we don’t even try. 

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Describe your own behavior in detail, and search for clues you might have missed before. Find your trigger.
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Trick yourself

Take an existing cue you have, but trick yourself into triggering a different behavior.
If you want to quit coffee, you could give away the coffee machine and put a box of tea or a glass of water on the countertop.

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