What does it mean to be courageous? The dictionary defines courageous as brave or bold. It defines courage as the ability to conquer fear or despair, valor, bravery. For me, being courageous involves taking risks, stepping outside my comfort zone, letting go of what I can’t change, and facing my fears and doing it anyways. It takes great courage to step beyond what is known, comfortable and predictable. The words of Martin Luther King Jr. speak to this, “Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.” One of my favorite quotes is “What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?” by Robert Schuller. One of the questions I ask myself on a regular basis is “How can I be courageous today?” I’ve developed some simple tips that have helped me, here they are.
Five Ways to be Courageous
- let go of what you can’t change
- allow yourself to be vulnerable
- go to an event alone and introduce yourself to five people
- set a boundary with someone
- allow yourself to be genuine in the presence of others
What about you? Where in your life do you need to step into your courage? When was the last time you did something fearless? How often do you step outside your comfort zone? How many risks have you taken lately? Who in your life encourages you to be courageous? Can you think of five ways you are courageous? I would love to hear from you about how courage shows up in your life!