Courage is More Than Mindset

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Moving Past Mindset and Theory

So far a lot of what I’ve been talking about recently, courage and self confidence, has been theory and mindset stuff. And, while this is important, courage is more than mindset, there must also be actions to go along with the theory. Today we are going to pick something we are afraid of, and take an action step to move past our fear. In other words, we will be practicing courage.

If you missed the previous post, What Have You Already Done That Took Courage, click here.

It’s simple and something you can, and should do today. While it’s simple, it’s not always the easiest thing to do. I challenge you to start doing this today and then continue it as often as possible. Going forward, you should be doing something that scares you several times per week.

Obviously what you pick to do will be very individual and different from person to person. That being said, it helps to look at some ideas to get started. This will give you a feel for the type of stuff I’m talking about and the scope of it.

Here’s Some Ideas To Get Started

Maybe you thought it had to be a big scary thing that I’m asking you to do and by looking through the examples below you realize that it can be something much smaller that you can actually see yourself doing. Maybe you like the idea of doing something you’re scared of, but can’t think of a single thing you could do today. The list of ideas may spark a thought for something unique to you that you can do.

  • Stay off of social media for 24 hours.
  • Contact a VA about outsourcing your biggest headache.
  • Don’t let yourself hit the snooze button. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off.
  • Ask a friend to go for a walk with you once a week.
  • Go introduce yourself to the new neighbors.
  • Start a 30 day blog challenge.
  • Let your child go on a sleep-over.
  • Go out to dinner by yourself.
  • Book a surprise weekend trip for yourself and your partner.
  • Sign up for that class you’ve always wanted to take.
  • Try a new cooking technique or a new food.
  • Fix that technical problem yourself with the help of YouTube.
  • Share a picture of your messy office, and your plans to get it organized on social media.
  • Reach out to someone you admire online, just to introduce yourself.
  • Do a 45 second Facebook Live session.

I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration to make your own list. Now, go make it a habit to regularly do things that scare you a little. When you make yourself do them, and work through that fear or resistance, you’ll come out stronger and more confident on the other side. Doing what you’re scared of is a great courage building habit.

Courage is more than Mindset

Actions are what create habits, so each action you take that overcomes a fear, that allows you to be more courageous and more self confident. As your confidence grows you will find that it is easier to make decisions, and that leads to more action. What a great circle of action to create for yourself, courage is more than mindset, it must include action.

I would to hear what action you took in the comments below.

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