Thursday, August 15, 2013
It's important to be courageous in life; otherwise, we miss opportunities for joy. The good news is, no matter where we start out, we can build more courage than we have. Maybe you won't be jumping out of an airplane but you can be stronger tomorrow than you were today.
I've learned two important facts in life. First, feeling fear is not a reason to refrain from action. Fear is natural; it's nature's way of making us cautious about danger. You can feel fear and *still* move forward. Acknowledge fear and push past it. Go ahead with your plan even while experiencing anxiety. Once you do this, you learn it's possible to survive fear and you can engage in future acts of bravery.
Second, take small steps. If you worry about public speaking, talk to just one or two friends, not a big crowd of strangers. Work your way up to bigger challenges. Psychologists call this "behavior modification" and it works. We can achieve small victories which train us to have confidence to tackle bigger ones.
Are you fearful? About what? Have you found ways to overcome anxiety?