You’ve probably heard that courage is like a muscle, the more you build your courage muscle, the braver you can be. Much success in life relies on your willingness to be brave and step out of your comfort zone. It’s not always easy, but the payoff mentally, emotionally, and financially can be huge.
Here are 5 easy ways to build your courage muscle this week:
- Listen to uplifting and motivating authors for 10 to 15 minutes a day. Some of our favorites include Jim Rohn, Brene Brown, and Tony Robbins. With the magic of Google, you only need to search one of these authors online to find access to free motivation from these greats.
- Create a courage board of advisors. Choose 5 people who inspire you. It can be people you know personally or people in the public eye. Find pictures of them and create a visual display on a piece of paper or poster board. You can even add quotes of theirs that remind you to flex your courage muscle. Post it where you will see it each day.
- Find a courage partner. Do you know someone else who is stepping out of their comfort zone and forging a new path? One great way to build your courage is to partner with someone who is looking to build his or hers too. By having someone to share your bravery-building journey with, you can challenge each other, share your successes, acknowledge (and laugh together) about your failures, and keep each other on track. A courage partner can reduce your stress and multiply your success!
- Challenge yourself and measure your progress, not the outcome. So many people get caught up in achieving the perfect outcome and then paralyze themselves into never starting. If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, set small measurable goals – “I’m going to reach out to 10 people today,” or “I’m going to write five social media posts this week.” Then take action to check off the boxes. Once you do, be happy with your progress, not perfection. It is the consistent action that builds courage and invites success.
- Visualize what you want. You’ve heard it before, but if your “why” is big enough you’ll figure out a “way.” By visualizing the payoff for your courage, you’ll get a boost of energy and the motivation to keep going even when things get tough. Reveling in positive feelings can be just what you need to spark your courage and propel you into action.