21 Sep, 2011
The 5 weapons of courage
“Bravery is being the only one who knows you are afraid.” – Franklin P. Jones
This the strongest weapon of courage because to overcome your fear you have to believe you will be able to bounce back from ANY outcome – even when you feel you are at your lowest ebb. Courageous people try, and try again. The more you develop your resilience muscle, the more resilient you become.
Resilience builds confidence through taking action. Over time you will discover that no matter what happens, you’ll be okay: because you know you can deal with it.
Some of the greatest business icons, including Walt Disney and Henry Ford, experienced bankruptcy before becoming super successful but that never stopped them from having new ideas or starting up another business. Many Olympic medallists too know all too well what it is like to lose it all and WIN again.
Those who achieve the greatest success often have to overcome immense hurdles. The desire to overcome immense hurdles is key.
2.) A Positive Attitude
Courage has its roots in the attitude we CHOOSE every day.
How we respond to small difficultues affects how we react to greater adversity.
Developing a ‘victor’ mentality means that when things go wrong, you are more likely to look your fears in the face, and react with, “All will be well” rather than, “I’m scared” or “Poor me.”
3.) Self Discipline
Adopting a disciplined approach to life enables your auto-pilot to take over on occasions when the going gets tough.
Those who develop self-discipline put the needs of the goal ahead of immediate gratification. This is essential. It means we can make constant progress DESPITE THE CURVEBALLS and it also means we don’t stop to question whether we want to do something. If it needs doing then just get on with it.
4.) Assessing Risk
Courage helps you to take the leap, but you also need to assess the risks associated with what you are doing – and prepare for the consequences. Be realistic but don’t let over-preparation stop you from taking a chance.
It is natural to feel uneasy in the face of experiencing something unknown – but adrenaline can be a valuable weapon. It keeps us alert, encourages us to raise our game, and puts us in a frame of mind for fight and survival.
If you desire the outcome enough, you will find the courage to look fear in the face in order to achieve success.
“The time to shine is when is it darkest.” Bear Grylls