Courage Is A Habit: Practice It Daily Until It Becomes The Norm
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Our brains are wired to:
However, researchers have found that bravery is a skill, and like all skills it can be learned, strengthened and mastered with repeated practice.
The more we use it, the more courageous we become.
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It doesn’t work to say to yourself, “I have to stop being afraid.”
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.
Fear is the thing that in truth makes actions hard, not the action that we think we are afraid of.
The reason why we don’t do anything useful with our time is that we lack self-discipline.
But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. And you can transfer that better self-discipline to achieve anything in life.
Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words.
When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.
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Habits are little chunks of auto-pilot behavior that get burned permanently into your mind. Once you develop a habit, you can never really delete it.
Habits start with a trigger, which se...
Describe your own behavior in detail, and search for clues you might have missed before. Find your trigger.
If you have a habit of making coffee, it might be triggered by entering the kitchen. Some people eat in response to boredom or buy stuff in response to their desires.
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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