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Do What You Fear: Be Courageous Now!

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Do what you fear for personal growth! Because, by facing your fears you build resilience and confidence and make yourself stronger each time you do so. When you come up against challenges head-on, you expand your comfort zone and teach yourself something about who are. Each time you tackle something that scares you, you grow as a person and become better prepared for the future.

 

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Do What You Fear for Courage and Growth

Facing your fears takes courage. Courage isn’t the absence of fear but one’s ability to move forward despite it. Hence, by accepting your fear, you become more powerful and more able to overcome obstacles. Whether you are trying something new, like learning a sport, or going after a dream, like starting a business, coming face to face with your fears is part of personal growth.

Don Mann, a retired US Navy Seal, talks about the misconception that Seal team members don’t face fear.  However, as he explains in his book Facing Your Fears: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Coping With Fear and Anxiety, “Quite the contrary is true… How we rationalize and control that  fear plays an important role in how we react to it…”.

 

Learn About Yourself

When you do what you fear, you begin to discover who you are. You learn more about your strengths, weaknesses, and what makes you happy. This can lead you to greater achievement and a better understanding of yourself as a result. It’s through these experiences that you find out what you are truly capable of.

 

DID YOU KNOW

Being courageous is not the same as being reckless. Take precautions and be prepared but then proceed! 

 

Be Prepared

You shouldn’t go head first into a situation before doing research and learning the risks so you can mitigate them.  When I was younger and couldn’t find a job, I packed up and moved to South Korea to teach English.  I didn’t speak Korean and had never taught before.  Before going, I studied the culture and took an ESL course to be better prepared.  I was still scared but I was ready.

Being prepared is very important when facing your fears. By preparing  you feel more confident and ready to take on new challenges. Research, plan, and practice before you do something that scares you. For example, if you’re afraid of public speaking, practice your speech a number of times. Being well-prepared can reduce anxiety and increase your chances of success.

 

Live Boldly

If you face your fears you are bound to have a more exciting and fulfilling life. Imagine the feeling of overcoming a fear or achieving a goal you once thought impossible. Each small achievement builds momentum, helping you to take on even bigger challenges. This continuous cycle of facing fears and achieving goals keeps life exciting and fulfilling.

 

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Take the Leap and Do What You Fear

So, take the leap and do what you are afraid of. Start small if you need to. Maybe it’s speaking up in class, trying a new hobby, or meeting new people, for example. Each step you take will build your confidence and courage. And remember, every great achievement begins with the decision to try.

 

 

QUOTE

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

~John Wayne

 

Things That Can Help Build Courage

Day to Day Fears

  1. Public Speaking: Practice giving speeches in front of friends or small groups to build confidence.
  2. Meeting New People: Go to social events or join clubs to meet new people and build your social network.
  3. Trying a New Hobby: Start a new hobby or activity, such as painting, cycling, or playing an instrument.
  4. Asking for Help: Ask others for help when you need it.
  5. Standing Up for Yourself: Practice speaking up and offering your opinions and or expressing your needs.
  6. Making Decisions: Work on making decisions quickly and confidently, even if they are small ones.
  7. Traveling Alone: Plan a trip by yourself to another country where people speak a different language.
  8. Taking Risks at Work: Volunteer for a new project or offer up ideas on how the organization can improve.
  9. Trying New Foods: Try new foods you have shied away from previously.  You never have to eat it again but at least you tried it once.
  10. Handling Rejection: Apply for jobs or ask someone on a date where rejection is possible, and learn to handle it gracefully.
  11. Sharing Your Work: Show your writing, art, or music, to others for feedback and possible criticism.

 

More Challenging Physical Fears

  1. Skydiving: Conquer your fear of heights by jumping out of an airplane.
  2. Bungee Jumping: Jump off a bridge or platform if you are afraid of falling.
  3. Rock Climbing: Climb a wall or challenge your self a bit with a rock face to build physical and mental strength.
  4. Scuba Diving: Jump into the ocean to explore underwater life while conquering your fear of deep water.
  5. Whitewater Rafting: Hop into a raft and challenge yourself on the white waters of rapidly moving water and rough terrain.
  6. Zip Lining: Take a leap through the air on a zip line, facing your fear of heights.
  7. Martial Arts: Try martial arts like Taekwondo, judo, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu to build mental discipline and personal confidence.
  8. Paragliding or Parasailing: Fly through the skies while getting over your fear of heights.

 

A quick note on zip lining. I am very much afraid of heights but was willing to try zip lining one day.  I was on the platform and was almost ready to back out when I saw a young girl, maybe 7 years old, eager to get her turn. My fear of humiliation at that moment was greater than my fear of heights and so I zipped down the line content that I wouldn’t be hamulated, but still scared of heights. What can I say? Do what you fear!

 

Conclusion: Do What You Fear

Facing your fears is important for personal growth, courage, and a fulfilling life. It helps you live boldly, whether it is giving a speech to a large audience,  or moving to another country, embrace your fears and take that first step towards a more courageous life.

Check out Courage to Fail: A Direct Path to a Better Life.

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