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Courage is like a muscle

Courage is like a muscle

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

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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 l...

  • 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: 

... that 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.

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Make fear your friend

Your fears will never completely disappear, and you will never win the battle against them. 

When you can finally accept fears and invite them in, it makes courage more accessible.

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 sets off your automatic behavior. They end at a pleasant reward that reinforces your habit.

If we respond to every fear-inducing situation like we’re in mortal danger, we’re going to end up missing out on valuable opportunities to live fully, enjoy growth and new experiences. Ask yourself: “Am I avoiding pain, or seeking growth?