I believe courage is plentiful. In fact, it’s all around us,uncertainty holds us back from being brave. It’s the fear of the unknown — whether we’ll succeed or fail or get hurt or not.But courage doesn’t have to mean taking random risks; it can mean taking calculated risks. To do so, it’s important to collect data and expose yourself to anxiety-provoking situations.Bravery isn’t something you’re born with – you acquire it over time as you gain life experiences. You can practice being brave by acting on what your heart tells you to do and challenging yourself with new experiences, even when you’re afraid.“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.But sometimes it doesn’t.Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” ― Veronica Roth We are actually designed to feel fear. It is a survival instinct or response. When you start feeling anxious about something, it is time to evaluate the situation and make a decision.Do what feels right for you. You do not have to prove anything (maybe to yourself). People who truly care for you will respect your decisions and will not push you to an uncomfortable situation.Know your strengths, goals and values. A deep knowledge of yourself will help you confront stressful situations. Chances are they will kick in when you need them most.Think often about your important traits, goals, and values. “The neuropathways in the brain that are used the most are the most likely to fire,” says Peter Ubel, M.D., author of You’re Stronger Than You Think (McGraw-Hill). “If you remind yourself of your good traits, they’re more likely to kick in when you need them.” Make a list of your strengths and goals, in your mind or on paper.Do you have a specific religion? Your own private faith? Either way, keep it strong and use it all the time. “Awareness of a loving force that’s greater than yourself can help you do what seems impossible,” says Dr. Orloff.

When trouble looms, she says, “send up a little flare prayer.” Avoid These Mistakes …Thinking physical courage is the most important kind.Seeing only the negative. Inventing endless “what if” dramas in your head.Worrying about what other people think.Think of consequences and make a cost/benefit analysis. Is it worth enduring the heart-pounding panic to speak at the company meeting? Keep in mind that you are in control of your decisions and actions. So, get informed!!! Don’t hesitate to ask and don’t assume things. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is having enough strength to get up and try again.

Honestly, if it’s a matter of life and death just do the right thing.Tell yourself “I think I can” over and over. Have confidence in yourself.

Zaira Khan

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