Day 1 – The Connection Between Self-Confidence and Courage

Today we’re going to look at the connection between courage and self-confidence. Why is that important? Take a moment to think back on a time when you were afraid to do something but found your courage and did it anyway.

Maybe it was leaving a bad situation. Maybe it was resolving a problem that seemed impossible in the beginning. Or maybe it was overcoming a deep seated fear; facing it and coming through the other side. Or maybe it was overcoming a big mental or physical challenge like running your first 10K race or acing a big exam. It doesn’t matter what it was, just pick something that took courage for you to do.

Think about how you felt after you did  that courageous thing. It felt pretty amazing, right?

Maybe you found yourself exhausted from the effort, or relieved that you did it! Physiologically what happened is you got a burst of adrenaline pumping through your system and you felt pride in yourself and in what you had accomplished. That sense of accomplishment and pride made you feel elated and good about yourself and your own ability to do other courageous things.

In other words, you gave yourself your own boost of self-confidence. That right there, is one of the connections between self-confidence and courage.

We can boost our confidence and feeling of self-worth by getting into the habit of doing courageous things. Establishing that habit is something we’ll work on throughout the challenge. There’s also a second connection. Once you’ve gotten that boost of self-confidence, you start to feel more courageous and are ready to tackle the next hard thing on your list.

In other words, self-confidence and courage cascade off of each other in an upward cycle. Do something courageous and your self-confidence increases. As your confidence goes up, it’s becomes easier to do other courageous things. It feeds on itself.

This is a really important concept and it’s something that is very advantageous if used well. Here’s the deal. By simply getting in the habit of doing something that scares you or that seems pretty challenging in the beginning and having the courage to do it anyway, you’ll find your confidence soaring. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Going forward, when you do something that’s either courageous or increases your confidence in yourself, it makes it easier to be both courageous and self-confident in other scenarios.

The hardest part is just getting started, and really, it isn’t that hard or scary, is it?

What can you do today that takes a little courage? Pick something and then GO FOR IT! You can do this!

This is Day 1 of a 30 Day Challenge

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